What one piece of advice do you remember to this day?

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Harvey Mackay gave me one of his famous Shark ties in his living room

I’m excited about this blog for two specific reasons: 1) this is my 100th blog  and 2) I get to quote my grandfather as the source of advice I still remember to this day….

How many people do you know who have a hardwood basketball court in their home between the living room and the guest bedrooms?  Last week I was invited to a Minnesota Gopher fundraiser, including an intimate evening of conversation in the home of Harvey Mackay. It takes a huge home to house the larger than life persona Harvey brings into any room.  He is a world renowned entrepreneur, author and professional speaker who has sold more than 12 million books.  His most recent: The Mackay MBA of Selling, is a New York Times Bestseller.

The appetizer course included a free-throw shooting contest (next to his living room!) where everyone was required to compete.  No options out.  I really admire the women dressed in high heels who were pressured into tossing three air balls in a row!

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Dave Horsager practiced, while Harvey rebounded

The irony of the evening is worth mentioning: the contest involved shooting Minnesota Gopher basketballs for the benefit of U of M scholarships.  Alas! Two Gustavus grads took home the hardware! Heidi Rosati (class of 1988) and I (class of 1985) were the winners.  I made four in a row to beat my pals Dave Horsager, Joe Schmidt and Sam Richter.  Our prizes were autographed NBA playoff basketballs: Superstar Lebron James for Heidi, and the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Derek Rose, for me.  Sweet!

 

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Two Gusties took home the hardware: Heidi Rosati and Paul Batz were congratulated by a grinning Harvey

The living room conversation was almost as lively as the free throw contest.  Harvey shared stories about his father, his children, Lou Holtz, Larry King, trips to China, golfing at Augusta, etc… My question to Harvey: “What one piece of advice do you remember to this day?”  His answer was simultaneously sincere and very well rehearsed: “My father taught me, when I was 18 years old, when I meet someone new, I need to be thinking about ‘How can I help this person?‘” And then he said: “for instance…I really like the Seven Fs — I think you are on to something kid! And I’m going to find a way to help you.”  Suddenly, Gopher pride was growing.

My grandfather, Ken Hunter, taught me when I was a teenager I could never collect enough handshakes — we need to know a lot people for a healthy, satisfying life.  I live by his words of wisdom today.

Good leaders accept advice and hone success habits to carry with them for the rest of their lives.  That’s why I made the scholarship donation and accepted the invitation to collect handshakes in the home of Harvey Mackay.  Thank you Grandpa Hunter.

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8 Comments

  1. Mickey Mikeworth on February 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Like the handshake- Don’t be afraid to hug. 



  2. Mickey Mikeworth on February 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Like the handshake- Don’t be afraid to hug. 



  3. Carol Lindgren Mathie on February 3, 2012 at 2:12 am

    My “piece of advice” was an example from the source, Harvey Mackay.  My mom and Harvey were friends in high school and the Mackays were friends, though not in their close circle,  with my parents ongoing as I was growing up.  I remember one time particularly that is classic Harvey:  It’s 1980.  I’m 15.  Harvey calls our house to talk with my mom about some project they are working on (St. Paul Central H.S. reunion probably).  He calls me by name.  He asks how my 16th birthday was. How did my driver’s test go?  He heard I had a great season in swimming.  How are things going with Carter (my boyfriend)? I am amazed.   I feel like he know me.  He really cares.  It makes me  feel full, happy.  I was only 16, but I remember that phone call — and the importance of connecting with people — to this day.  That example was some great advice.  



  4. Carol Lindgren Mathie on February 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    My “piece of advice” was an example from the source, Harvey Mackay.  My mom and Harvey were friends in high school and the Mackays were friends, though not in their close circle,  with my parents ongoing as I was growing up.  I remember one time particularly that is classic Harvey:  It’s 1980.  I’m 15.  Harvey calls our house to talk with my mom about some project they are working on (St. Paul Central H.S. reunion probably).  He calls me by name.  He asks how my 16th birthday was. How did my driver’s test go?  He heard I had a great season in swimming.  How are things going with Carter (my boyfriend)? I am amazed.   I feel like he know me.  He really cares.  It makes me  feel full, happy.  I was only 16, but I remember that phone call — and the importance of connecting with people — to this day.  That example was some great advice.  



  5. Carol Lindgren Mathie on February 3, 2012 at 2:15 am

     Sorry for my typos.  I was 16.  And add an “s” to “know”  (I am in an arm sling and struggling with the keyboard) :/



  6. Carol Lindgren Mathie on February 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

     Sorry for my typos.  I was 16.  And add an “s” to “know”  (I am in an arm sling and struggling with the keyboard) :/



  7. Joe on February 8, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Go to where you want to park and there will be a place for you.



  8. Joe on February 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Go to where you want to park and there will be a place for you.



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