Wednesday, November 23, 2005

What If’s! There Again!

“Sometimes you’ve just got to be in the right place at the right time,” was how Wayne Huizenga started out his presentation. He told of how when he got out of the navy in SC, he met his dad in Florida. They went out to lunch and happened to meet a friend of his fathers at the restaurant. The man was in Florida visiting his small, three-truck trash hauling business. He needed a manager and offered it to Wayne on the spot. From that chance meeting, Wayne Huizenga, who had no experience in trash hauling built a business into Waste Management. He also bought into Blockbuster Video on a similar fluke meeting. At the time, he didn’t even own a VCR, nor had ever rented a movie in his life.

Pat Croce told of calling the owner of the Philadelphia 76ers fifty times before he finally sold him the team. His memorable quote was, “IQ is not as important as I Will!”

Several of the speakers spoke of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. How many ordinary people do you have in your towns that are doing extraordinary things? What if you multiplied that energy by two, five, or even ten times? What could you accomplish?

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