And I remember I met a friend of his and asked about it. And she said, yeah. I punished him that day. And I’m like, don’t you realize, you’re in need. You’re homeless. He said, laughing, “No, I’m saving to give to a family that’s really in need. Kids and a mom and a dad. People who really need it. It’s Thanksgiving and they need it.”
What crazy person would be homeless but saving money to give to someone else who they think is in more need than them.
Fast forward that. Now he’s got twenty-two companies with combined yearly revenues of over $6 billion. And what the main thing is people watch how much he’s grown over these years. What they fail to recognize is the real “why” underneath of what inspires that growth. It’s always been about finding a way to give more than he could ever receive.
And what’s amazing is I remember he gave a speech to 95 fifth graders in a really tough part of Texas where the dream of their parents was that they would go get a good job like at McDonald’s because at least they had benefits.
And he scratched his head and said that’s way too low of a standard for these kids. There’s way too much potential in this room for that to be the dream.
He walked out of the room. Walked back into the room and said, “You know, this is crazy and I know you’re not old enough to sign a contract, but if you sign it, I’ll stick to it.” He said, “Listen. Here’s what it will be. Good citizenship rules. B average. Community service. Be a good person. Doing the right things.”
He said you do all this all the way through high school. He said, if you get into college, I’ll pay for it. Ninety-five of them. Now, most adults worry about either paying off their own education or paying off one child’s education, which is a big feat, or trying to figure out how to cover it.
He’s promised ninety-five little kids at once, he’d pay for all of them to go to school. He walked out of the room. He got a call from his lawyer and accountant. They said you know how much money you just put on the line? He said I don’t care. I’ll figure it out if they figure it out.
And what happened was fourteen of them made it all the way through. All the community service. B average. The whole spiel. He paid for all of them to go to college. Four of them got their Masters he paid for. One got her PhD. He paid for the whole thing.
And what’s amazing if they look at the outside results he achieves financially, it’s huge numbers. What they fail to see is what’s driving it from within is his ability to give back even more than anyone else would ever expect or imagine him to do.
Last year, I know he fed about 4 million people out of pocket through an organization here in the U.S., where he wrote the check himself every month and he made it a point to help feed 4 million people out of his own pocket.
So people don’t see that. And he rarely talks about it. So I like to brag on behalf of him for it. Not to boast, but just to tell people if you want to see that secret to meaning and purpose, that secret to living, it’s giving. It’s finding a way to support and give more.
And it goes back to that phrase “life supports that which supports life.” When you make your reason why about giving and serving so much more than just yourself, you will have access to tools and knowledge and skills and little insights from life in the Universe around you that will support you in ways you could never imagine.
And that’s something we drive home in the book. And we teach you how to identify your own why and how to connect to it. How to amplify it through different ways we’ve learned over the years. But it’s amazing. When someone taps into that reason why, it will propel you past obstacles that used to seem taller than the great wall. You’ll fly over those things like they’re barely a speed bump, once you find that reason why.
Jack: Well, I think that completely gives the meaning to the title of the book, Live It: Achieve Success by Living with Purpose. And that word “purpose” takes on a whole new meaning when we see what you actually meant by that, rather than just the words. That living with purpose really is the catalyst to the growth, to the success. And it’s not just an important ingredient in that recipe. It is the most important ingredient in that recipe, as far as I’m concerned.
Jairek Robbins, what can folks do to find out more about getting this book, find out more about what you are doing, because you have so many things out there. YouTube videos. So much great content and information. Ted Talks. Some great stage talks that you’ve done. Some incredible stuff.
And just what you’ve delivered here today has been so inspirational. But I think the first things that folks ought to do is check out the book, because it really is very powerful.
What can they do to find out about that?
Jairek: Well, we have a special bonus. There are three places I would send people. #1, LiveItBook.com. That’s our standard book website. You’ll see awesome endorsements about the book from Deepak Chopra, Brian Tracy, Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. We have some great people backing it up. Love the work.
So that’s just the book site.
There’s also a special bonus that we put together – a six-week bonus book club, for people who took action and bought the book right when we put it out. And if you’re reading this, we’ll give you access to that.