What will you tell your grandkids?

by Dick Larkin on April 21, 2010

What will you tell your grandkids?

My college roommate’s Uncle Howard was a wealthy businessman who gave millions of dollars away .

His most visible gift was the “Touchdown Jesus” mosaic on the Notre Dame’s Library.

Notre Dame Library

While attending Notre Dame in the 1920′s, he sold World Book Encyclopedias door-to-door.

He became a school teacher and continued selling encyclopedias after graduation to supplement his salary.

I asked Uncle Howard to tell me about “Black Monday” when the stock market plummeted in 1929 triggering the Great Depression.

He said he wasn’t worried.  Earlier that day, he sold a set of encyclopedias and had $50 in his pocket.  If everything went to pieces, he still had $50 and knew he could get by.

He sold right through the depths of the Depression.  It wasn’t easy, but he never slowed down.  To his customers, encyclopedias provided education, and education meant opportunity for a brighter future.

Surrounded by problems, Uncle Howard delivered solutions.

He rose through the World Book ranks and became the number two person in the company working for Marshall Field.  Uncle Howard earned a small override on every sale, and he amassed a fortune.

Today, we are surrounded by fear, turmoil and uncertainty.  A young person may someday ask YOU what it was like back in 2008, and how did YOU respond?

What will your role be following the Great Crash of ’08?

Will you be defeated by circumstance, or will you provide solutions and support to others?

I hope that I will be able to say that I chose to be a
victor rather than a victim.  In the midst of calamity, I saw
opportunity.

Have a prosperous week.
Dick Larkin
Dick Larkin

ps. Next time you see “Touchdown Jesus,” remember Uncle Howard, a man who refused to relinquish control of his destiny.

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