Recently, I was visiting Nashville and met Jimmy at an event to raise money for the Salvation Army.
Saved By Love
Do you know how this country music star got his first guitar? If you have participated in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, you will have the answer. That anonymous gift was the beginning of a musical journey. Each year children in need fill out angel tags containing gift wishes and place them on a tree. Jimmy received his first guitar through this program. You can make a dream come true by helping others through the Salvation Army’s program.
After reading his compelling story and speaking with him, I thought about 7 lessons Jimmy Wayne taught me about giving and sharing.
Jimmy taught me to:
1. Give the gift of encouragement.
As a homeless teenager, Jimmy befriended an elderly couple, who took him in. When he speaks of this couple, and the words of love and appreciation they expressed to him, you will be reminded of the power of encouragement. Contrast that to the words spoken by a prison guard; words that, to this day, still seem to haunt him.
Use every opportunity to encourage others with words of love and appreciation.
Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Bob speak. His platform skills were on full display. I watched him mesmerize the audience with his energy and command of the stage. He inspired everyone to make a difference with his message of service and influence.
After his terrific presentation, I had the opportunity to talk with Bob about serving others and influence. In this video, we discuss:
Annika Sorenstam is perhaps the greatest female golfer of all time. Her many awards include ten Major Championships, 8 Player of the Year Awards, and 89 worldwide wins. In 2013, the PGA of America named her the First Lady of Golf. She’s the only female golfer to shoot a 59 in competition.
“There are no shortcuts to success.” -Annika Sorenstam
Though Annika stepped away from competitive golf in 2008, she remains busy with commercial and philanthropic activities. Her ANNIKA Course Design firm is busy around the world creating challenging courses everywhere from China to South Africa. The ANNIKA Academy in Orlando is teaching players of all ages. She is the creator of the ANNIKA Collection with Cutter & Buck. She even created an accounting firm, ANNIKA Financial Group. Outside of her business interests, there is the ANNIKA Foundation designed to help junior golfers. She is active on Twitter and dedicated to her family.
“It just shows how you should never give up.” –Annika Sorenstam
With over 110 million books in print, David Baldacci is one of the world’s favorite storytellers. He is a writing productivity machine, churning out bestsellers almost as fast as his fans can read them. He and his wife founded Wish You Well Foundation, an organization dedicated to literacy efforts.
No matter your profession, I believe listening to David’s story will inspire you and give you ideas to help your own career.
In this video interview, David and I discuss:
How he maintains such productivity. He has never missed a deadline, and Fast Company labeled him one of the “most productive people.”
David’s advice for aspiring authors.
The real story behind his overnight success. His first published novel was Absolute Power, which immediately became a bestseller and a major motion picture starring Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood.
His newest book, released today: The Finisher. Learn why David submitted the manuscript under a pseudonym, hiding his bestselling author credentials.
His passion for literacy and libraries.
Take a few minutes and learn from a master storyteller. His advice has the potential to improve your own story.