In Exchange for the Opportunity to Serve
Accessing American Opportunity. Today he was an accomplished old man. Thanks to the Civil War and the expansion of the railroad system westward, Andrew Carnegie was a millionaire. He struck financial gold between the cultivation of ambitious business partners and a high quality steel process.
His days were spent entertaining young man who imagined the old man would share either his trade secrets or a portion of his great fortune. The wily Scot, as he was known, rarely parted with either; not without an equal or opposite article of exchange.
Unless there was something special about you.
The enthusiastic young man interviewing him tonight had that something special about him. Carnegie could not put his finger on what made Napoleon Hill special in his eyes. The young man was dressed no differently than the other young men sent to interview him. Nor was his education any different. Again, just like the other young men sent to interview him, Hill learned his craft by doing it. Nothing distinguished Hill, until he answered a question that Carnegie had put to many a young man.
Accepting the Challenge. Carnegie started with what attracted the young men to him – the illusion of success represented by money. Carnegie asked if his success and those of his friends was due to anything special about them or the application of certain principles. Carnegie suggested that it was due to principle. What Carnegie wondered is this: Could the principles governing human achievement and success be communicated to the masses of America?
It would require someone choosing to make a sacrifice. For the next 25 years, with only a letter of introduction, could someone visit all the successful persons in America and find the pattern that exists between them? The result would be invaluable treasure in the marketplace of ideas.
Can you imagine how many more young men would become successful, thus justifying the American Dream?
Within one minute, which was the time limit, Napoleon Hill accepted the challenge that Andrew Carnegie gave him. He choose to devote the next 25 years of his life, sustaining a wife and two children while he did so, traveling to wherever America’s brightest and best resided to interview them. Some of them, Hill spent several days with, all at his expense. The only thing Carnegie said he would provide was a letter of introduction.
Not only did Napoleon Hill succeed, he birthed to the American Library several classics: The Laws of Success and Think and Grow Rich.
Identify Your Purpose. Dr. Napoleon Hill advocated the adoption of a Definite Major Purpose, see the videos. On March 2, 2010, Kokayi Nosakhere, the Lead Coordinator of the By2015:AMERICA, presented a grassroots plan to address child hunger. Since that day, he has worked to accomplish said goal. Currently, thanks to the dynamic energy and genius of George Bell and Don Burrell, Jr., the vision of Children’s Meal Mission – a direct service feeding children – is becoming flesh. In fact, with 13,910 children hungry in Anchorage, Alaska the organization seeks to expand.
After consultation with a group of trusted individuals, the Lead Coordinator presented a National Plan during Hunger Action Month 2012. He now seeks to implement said plan. This requires the mobilization of those who are willing to make the sacrifice necessary to address child hunger in America. So many within the United States government appear to be opposed to feeding America’s hungry children, that the movement does not desire to depend upon government funding to address child hunger. While the resources the government makes available are accessible, they do not resolve the problem.
To resolve the problem of child hunger in America, the By2015:AMERICA movement seeks to organize families to 1) cultivate urban gardens, 2) advertise urban farmer markets and 3) support local soup kitchens.
Pilot programs are needed. The Lead Coordinator seeks to raise $25,000 by February 2013, which will free him to establish pilot programs designed to implement the national plan in four locations. Because the Lead Coordinator seeks to speak truthfully about child hunger in America, he does not want grant-funding to finance his endeavors. True to the labor he desires to inspire within urban communities, the Lead Coordinator seeks to generate the necessary $25,000 the hard way, by providing a service and being compensated for it.
We invite you to join us as Kokayi Nosakhere endeavors to do what must be done to inspire America to address child hunger. If you would like to begin helping the Lead Coordinator, please 1) purchase a copy of Start Where You Are via Lulu.com and 2) invite the Lead Coordinator to your collegiate campus to conduct a workshop on activism. We have work to do! Children are counting on us.
If you would like to hear the Lead Coordinator, Kokayi Nosakhere, please follow this link: http://soundcloud.com/by2015-america/magnificent-obsession