"Are you sewing seeds for 50-year relationships or 5-minute relationships?"
John Ruhlin grew up 1 of 6 kids on a farm in Ohio. He learned first hand that, when you're poor - generosity does not go unnoticed.
When working his way through college, he met a mentor who shaped the trajectory of his life. The foundation for success in his mentor's relationships, business and life was: Generosity.
Today, 15 years later, John teaches generosity as a competitive advantage in business for clients like NASCAR and the Miami Dolphins and is the author of Giftology.
With the holidays around the corner, join me and John to learn how to give more inspired gifts this year and always.
JOHN RUHLIN'S Live Inspired 7
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Give & Take by Adam Grant how to leave a life of giving but be strategic so you aren't taken advantage of by takers.
2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Continue to do what I am doing right now. With the money itself, we would invest in other entrepreneurs to see their dreams come true and a portion would go to my church and causes.
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Wedding photo album. Crazy $450 mug that captures my core values and represents who I am.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I spent a lot of time early with my grandfather on a pontoon fishing. he was an entrepreneur and died when I was 16 before I was bitten by the entrepreneur bug. He's left a legacy and impression on me.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Tom Searcy at an event we spoke at and I was just getting started speaking. You're a great speaker hiding in a good speakers body. If you want to you could charge adult money and impact a lot of people if you would be more confident in your speaking. He mapped out the 5 points I should talk about if I was going to speak. I took it to heart.
6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? The best is yet to come.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was a man who in all areas of his life gave more than was reasonable.
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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.