About 40 years ago I met an American running a Spanish bar and restaurant right on the beach in a fishing village called Javea inSpain. The man’s name was Scotty and the bar was called “Scotty’s Western Bar”. The bar was not overly busy nor was it a tourist attraction being mostly frequented by locals. It was however a great place for local beer and Scotty’s own brand of philosophy.
One day while I was sitting at the bar having my second bottle of local beer I looked around at the idyllic surroundings and said to Scotty “You know, you’ve got a wonderful life here. It’s quiet and yet there are always people to chat to. Your children are all grown up and very successful, you’ve no debts, shelves lined with books, and you are happily married to a beautiful wife. You had a successful career in America and you pop back there every so often to check on your friends. How come you’ve been so lucky?”
He laughed, and then looked at me to see if I was asking a serious question. When he realised I was he scratched his head “It’s got very little to do with luck,” he said, “Thirty years ago I decided what I wanted from my life and I wrote it down, and each day for thirty years I’ve focused my life on achieving those ends.”
That was not all he told me, of course. We chatted on that subject well into the night and well into a case of that “local beer”.
About 10 years ago a friend arrived at my office unannounced at about 4 o’clock on a Friday, clutching a 6 pack, having had a bad day with his boss. We talked for a while and then he looked around him and said much the same as I had said to Scotty 30 years earlier.
He is right, I do have a pretty good life. So I told him about Scotty and his philosophy for success. I told him how I had ignored Scotty for a year or so but then finally came to see that there are things I wanted to do with my life and there is no way of achieving those things without planning my future.
We discussed Scotty’s Philosophy until the 6 pack ran out, and finally I told my friend what Scotty had told me “Try this system and I promise it will change your life, but together with your new good fortune comes a responsibility. No man is ever successful on his own. To be truly successful you must help others, your family, your colleagues, your friends and even passing acquaintances towards achieving their own success.”
In preparing this course I have read much of the work written by the world’s leading success motivators both past and present. Interestingly there is very little to separate the basic message from all of these world renowned thinkers, so I have incorporated some of their ideas to expand Scotty’s original philosophy into a system that is both profoundly simple and very effective.
In line with Scotty’s parting words I am thrilled to have this opportunity of sharing the principles of the success formula with you. I promise it will work for you as it has done for me and so many other people throughout the world, but going hand in hand with your successes there is the responsibility to share your knowledge with your friends, your family and your colleagues at work to ensure that your success is their success.
Richard Mulvey is one of South Africa's leading Speakers and over the last 23 years has inspired more than 200 000 business people throughout three continents. Richard was recently inducted into the South African Speaker Hall of Fame, and his 23 years in the industry speaking to audiences all over the world gives him the experience, and you the confidence to book him for your next sales convention or conference.
Richard's corporate life includes a rise in the ranks through sales to regional general manager at the age of 28 before setting up on his own. After spending a couple of years travelling the world Richard was enticed back to corporate life in 1989 and invited to come to South Africa in a sales director's role for an international company in a service industry.
In addition to a successful corporate career Richard has travelled overland across Africa in an old VW Kombi, worked for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and successfully written and marketed a restaurant accounting software package called Trade Inn.
Richard is the author of 24 Motivational and Business Books, and 25 Training DVDs, 21 Training CDs and 18 e-books. He is a Past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (2008-9 & 2016-17) and a member of the Global Speakers Federation. In 2016 Richard Mulvey was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame, an honour only held by 11 South Africans. His style is as entertaining as it is informative and his provocative opinion will fire your enthusiasm leaving you with a desire to hear more and eager to get out there and do it!
"I have seen many speakers and Richard Mulvey is up there among the best in the world. He knows his topic and gives a commanding message in a compassionate way. I recommend him to anyone who wants a great speaker to make their event an outstanding success." Lindsay Adams CSP Past President of the Global Speakers Federation