JACK CANFIELD FROM CHICKEN SOUP OF THE SOUL & SUCCESS PRINCIPLES !!!
I seldom share these inside stories but JUST IN TODAY with all the NEW NEWS on what IS GOING ON OUT THERE – I thought a little SOUP FOR YOUR SOUL TODAY FROM JACK CANFIELD ( WORTH SHARING WITH YOUR WALLS AND LISTS AND TRIBES ) as a little LIFT a little WIND UNDER YOUR WINGS TODAY;
I just received the story you’ll read below for a book I am writing called Living the Success Principles. I think you’ll enjoy reading it.
I had no idea you were recommending my book this way. Thanks, and I am honored.
Sending you lots of love.
From a Thimble to an Ocean
I first encountered The Success Principles after meeting Berny Dohrmann. At the time, my lifestyle was stressful to say the least.
My childhood memories unfortunately include an abusive father, constantly moving, and a constant lack of money. In 2001, my father abandoned my family, leaving us five days before our lease was up. I was twenty-two. I lived with my parents and two brothers in a small apartment in Boca Raton, Florida. I worked for my father as a swim coach. His departure caused a split in our family. My mom moved into a forty-and-up community, and my brothers moved in with their friends. My dad withheld over a month of pay from my coaching swimming, leaving me broke and homeless. The only place I found safe to stay was in a set of bushes at Lynn University where my dad had worked for twenty-five years. It was hidden from people, so I could sleep at night, and during the day I had access to public showers and restrooms. I managed to land a job at Miami Subs. I made minimum wage, but I was determined to save up enough money to get a car. Once I could live in my car, then I’d save up enough money for my own apartment.
A friend invited me to an IBI Global Networking Event. He was so emphatic about this “Berny Dohrmann” and how important it was that I meet him. Reluctantly, I went to the event. I met Berny and had a conversation that would change the rest of my life. Bernie said that he saw something in me and called me “a thimble.” He then explained the story of the Thimble, Cup, Pool, Lake, and Ocean (see below). He offered to mentor me by giving me one hour of his time per month, on one condition: I had to read The Success Principles cover to cover before we could start. I dove in headfirst, and I credit my current success to this. I remember Berny telling me, “You’re so dumb, Shane. You just don’t know, and we are going to change that! Once you know, you will know.”
I started putting the success principles into practice. I started my first business, Buses Against Drunk Driving, with every penny I had—$150.00!—in Boca Raton, Florida. I asked local nightlife spots to partner with me to allow college-student free admission for riding on our bus and choosing not to drink and drive. They agreed.
Now, I needed a vehicle! I called American Coach Lines and worked out a deal to rent their buses to my company in order to prevent college-age drinking and driving. They agreed and I negotiated an insanely low price. Since I wasn’t able to pay in advance for these rentals—$150 only goes so far!—I knew I would have to negotiate a way to pay in cash on the day of the rental. They made an exception and agreed, as long as I provided 24-hours notice. I used my $150 to buy flyers and wristbands. I sold seats on the bus by going door to door at local colleges and offering a cost-effective way to get to the local clubs, drink, and make it safely back home. My first month in business, I made $13,000 in profit and averaged $25,000 a month thereafter. I now own and operate twelve business, but my true passion is partnering with others to help them achieve their goals. This passion inspired another transportation company: SQ Party Bus. When I started this company, I made a promise that we still keep today. We donate 50% of all our profits to those in need—disabled individuals, veterans, single mothers, and others who need our assistance in our community.
Between starting Buses Against Drunk Driving and today, my life has changed so much. I moved to Georgia in 2005 to care for my mother when she was told she had only three months to live. After experimental [pig skin] surgery, brain surgery and many hospital visits, she is miraculously still with us today.
I had the opportunity to become a father to three wonderful boys, of whom I have full custody. Single parenthood was extremely tough, especially dealing with an ailing parent, but through it all, my success mindset and love of my boys kept me moving forward. Now, I am the luckiest man in the world! I now have Kristen, my better half, and we have four incredible boys. Now, I spend my time building my businesses and helping others achieve their dreams!
The Story of the Thimble, Cup, Pool, Lake and Ocean as Berny Told It
Bernie: Shane, you are a thimble!
Shane: What is a thimble?
Bernie: That’s how much weight or water you hold.
Shane: Ok, so what does that mean?
Bernie: People that are thimbles are people that have 9-to-5 jobs. They can only earn more money from a raise or working more hours in the day. Shane, you don’t want to be a thimble!
Shane: No, I don’t!
Bernie: What do you think comes after a thimble?
Shane: A cup? I’m not sure.
Bernie: Yes, a cup will work. What do you think a cup is?
Shane: I’m not sure; maybe someone that owns a business?
Bernie: Close! A cup is someone that owns a small business with one location. They make $30,000.00 to a few hundred thousand a year.
Shane: I want to be a cup!
Bernie: No, you don’t want to be a cup. You have more potential than a cup.
Shane: Ok, what’s next?
Bernie: What do you think is next, Shane?
Shane: A bowl or tub?
Bernie: (Laughs) Close. It’s a pool. What do you think a pool is?
Shane: Someone that owns many businesses?
Bernie: Yes, someone that owns many businesses across the state – like a franchise. Pools make millions of dollars a year.
Shane: Ok, I want to be a pool! Can you help me become a pool?
Bernie: Shane, you have more potential than a pool. What do you think is bigger than a pool?
Shane: A lake is bigger.
Bernie: Yes, and what do you think a lake is?
Shane: Someone that has business in every city?
Bernie: It’s someone that owns businesses or sells products all over the country. Lakes make hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Shane: Yes please, I want to be a lake!
Bernie: (Gives Shane a look as if to say, “You know there’s more.”)
Shane: I know I have more potential than a lake.
Bernie: What do you think is next, Shane?
Shane: The universe! I want to be the universe. Everyone in all the universe will buy my product.
Bernie: When aliens come then you can learn to think that big, but for now you should be like me—an ocean. Do you know what an ocean is?
Shane: Someone that has businesses around the world.
Bernie: Yes, but there is more to being an ocean. You have to think like an ocean. How do you think an ocean thinks?
Shane: I’m not sure what you mean.
Bernie: When they think of doing business and making money, what do you think they think about?
Shane: How to make lots of money and fast?
Bernie: (Laughs) Shane, you need to think like an ocean. They think about how to sell a product or build a business that everyone will buy or shop at all over the world. Start thinking like an ocean and then you will be able to become an ocean.
Chairman, The Canfield Training Group
PO Box 30880
Santa Barbara, CA 93130
The Human Race….the one Race…in which there is NO FINISH LINE…..
Berny Dohrmann – THIS BLOGS FOR YOU TODAY – AND IT FOUND “YOU” BECAUSE FOR YOU THE SOUP IS “HOT” TODAY !