Everyone loves a great story… One where the underdog, the least likely, the one nobody believes in, comes from out of the shadows, surpasses expectations, eclipses previous records, and captures the win.
Millions of people watched in stunned amazement as Rich Strike came from dead last in the 2022 Kentucky Derby, carefully picked his way through a field of 19 other horses, waiting patiently for openings in the pack, stepping through them when they opened and sprinted past all the favorites to win the derby and seize the crown.
Rich Strike had never won a race. He was only in the race due to a last minute cancelation of another horse.
He stepped up to the gate with no one giving him a chance to win. Even the announcer didn’t see him coming until the last 5 seconds of the race.
It’s not who does or does NOT BELIEVE in you.
It’s NOT HOW you start.
It’s NOT WHERE you start from.
It’s always... HOW YOU FINISH that matters.
And that begins with mindset... Do YOU believe? I t doesn’t matter what others think. That’s irrelevant.
Rich Strike won when the “experts” said the odds were 80:1 against him, but his trainer, his jockey and Rich Strike together, defied the odds and won the biggest horse racing upset in the last 100 years!
As amazing as that race was, I want to tell you about a man who had to overcome odds so overwhelming, he would have made Rich Strike look like a front runner.
His name is Peter J. Daniels. His impact on the world has gone uncelebrated by many, but unforgettable by millions who have heard his story and heeded his advice.
Born into poverty as a 3rd generation welfare recipient, he never passed a grade of school and at age 26 was a functionally illiterate bricklayer working in the hot Australian sun with a wife and small children to support.
His start was dubious. At school, he was older than the other kids and put in a special class for brain damaged children. Then one day, he got a new teacher who said “He’s not brain damaged... He’s just stupid!” and told him that he would never amount to anything.
But in 1959, at 26 years of age while at a Billy Graham crusade, he made a decision to follow Christ and faced his future, believing he was the son of a king.
That change in mindset altered the course of his life. He saw everything through that grid. He went into sales but couldn’t read the order forms, so he had the customers fill out their own orders. And despite being color blind, he became the number one paint salesman in all of Australia.
From there he went into business and failed three times in a row! Most would give up. His wife suggested he get a job with the city picking up trash, because at least it was steady pay.
Instead, he took her to a high point overlooking the city and told her something she could scarcely come to terms with. He told her why he had failed up until then and what he was going to do differently.
(More on that in a minute...)
He went back into business a fourth time (after paying off all his debts with a sales job) and became exceedingly wealthy.
Kings and presidents, the rich and famous all reached out to him to find his secrets, but he kept them close to the vest.
Recently Peter Daniels, now age 90, reached out to me, to give what he says is the last interview he will ever do. (We thought last year would be it, but he wanted one more opportunity to tell his story to the world!)
Knowing this was a once in a lifetime interview, I decided to share that opportunity with a few leaders in the Christian online business space. (The Benham brothers, Myron Golden, Os Hillman, Joseph Peck, Shane Sams and Patrice Tsague)
We all had the chance to record some questions for Mr. Daniels that would unlock things that he wanted to make sure were passed on to the next generation.
It’s going to be a WOW interview, and we will be LIVE with the recording on Thursday, May 19th at 8 PM Eastern. You don’t want to miss it, so REGISTER NOW to secure your spot.
This post is getting a bit long, so watch for my next email and I’ll tell you exactly what Peter Daniels told his wife after failing in business for the third time. It might just shock you! The subject line will be: “What He Told His Wife After The Third Business Failure”
Be watching for it, and don’t forget to register for this limited seat webinar right here, NOW.
I hope to see you there!