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The Prosperity Power of Diversity

Posted By: Randy GageJune 10, 2009

It’s a funny how people always gravitate to those like them.  You see it in schools, neighborhoods, sports teams, and just about everywhere. 

Spanish speaking people like to live in Spanish neighborhoods.   Cat people hang out with cat people, and dog people hang with dog people.  At a car wash people start a conversation with anyone who has the same model car.

And of course people move away from people who are not like them…

Many people distrust those with a different skin color, sexual orientation, or who speak a different language.  You however, have to be different.

Celebrate diversity, and actively pursue it in your life.  It’s important that you hang out with people who are not like you.  You’ll develop creativity, empathy, and understanding.   You’ll have a much broader and richer window on the world, and you’ll develop a higher state of consciousness.  This is where true prosperity lives.

So why not go forth today with the mindset to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people, do new things, and go to different places?

-RG

P.S. I’m so excited because today is the launch of my new book. Please spread the word and buy a few cases.  I need the money!

10 comments on “The Prosperity Power of Diversity”

  1. Randy,

    That's a great point. Jay Abraham comments that a lot of his success has come from taking ideas from one field or industry and applying them in another to create a breakthrough. Because he has that diverse knowledge and experience he's able to do that.

    OK, off to check out the new book!

    Kevin Francis

  2. Such a fine line dear sir... Between enjoying diversity & thriving in it VS Being around a whole load of people who are different yet not healthy for you (put you down, let you down, don't honour you)

    I think within this diversity fertilisation... their also has to be a level of consciousness about it: Knowing our edges and stepping into them with awareness, while being with people who honour, enjoy, appreciate who we are.

  3. Hooray for the new book! A know this might sound amusing, but would you believe that my ex-husband's puppy chewed up your old edition? And it was an autographed copy! I was devastated. I'm interesting in seeing what's in your new edition and I look forward to an autograph opportunity some time.

  4. Found this and thought your readers would relate...

    Subject: "The Law Of The Garbage Truck"

    I enjoyed this - thought you all might like it too!

    How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee or friend ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly one can get back their focus on what's important. Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson in the back of a New York City taxi cab.

    Here's what happened.

    I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches! The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"

    And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

    “Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they'll dump it on you.”When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did.”

    I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do it anymore."

    I began to see garbage trucks. Like in the movie "The Sixth Sense," the little boy said, "I see Dead People."

    Well, now "I see Garbage Trucks."
    I see the load they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing;
    I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.

    One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field. He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled.

    He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best. Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting.
    Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses. Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about.

    The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day.

    What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today,
    if you let more garbage trucks pass you by? Here's my bet. You'll be happier.

    Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..
    Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't.
    Believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance , TAKE IT!
    If it changes your life , LET IT! Nobody said it would be easy...
    They just promised it would be worth it!

    Decide NOW to make Every Day a Garbage Truck Day, by sending them on their way!

  5. You know what, this is a great post. I have changed a lot from when I was younger being raised in a primarily white community. I now hang out with a wide variety of people, all the colors of the ethnic spectrum, straight to gay, poor to rich. I have friends in all these areas and only distrust my poor friends because they are always complaining! That was kind of a joke, and kind of not. Anyway, Randy I need money too, so click on my name just above, and by a few cases of my book and give them as gifts to your friends that need to exercise!

    Another funny thing about this, yesterday I was sitting at a table working on a business plan and 6 friends came over after they were done playing basketball. I had an Asian friend, a friend from India, a Native American, a 2 African Americans, and one white/black friend. All of these guys are awesome and have good input in different areas of life. I have learned something from each of them and actually learned even more from the friend from India that I golfed with yesterday. I seem to laugh more when the crowd is more diverse? Interesting...

    I feel blessed that I have a diverse group of freinds, the best part about it is when I invite them all over together, interesting conversations take place!

  6. Hey Randy-
    I just opened this and laughed out loud when I read the first sentence.

    I was just going over the guest list for a dinner party we are hosting on Sat. night. RSVP's so far are from.....

    *Sabastian and Elizabeth.
    He is from France. (love to hear him speak!) She is from DC
    *Carolyn and Jesse
    Both women. Together 4 yrs now.
    *Alex and Renata
    Young couple from Brazil
    *Edwin and his new wife
    From the Phillipines
    *Susie and Kathy
    Both women. Together for 14 years.
    *Anita
    Pasty white american who works in South Sudan building schools for 300 beautiful African girls.
    *She is bringing her friend
    from Portugal.
    *Michael and CJ
    African American couple.
    *Stephen
    My gay, athiest, "other husband" friend.
    *Bethanne
    Southern as they come, Baptist w/flaming red hair.
    *Myself and Will
    NY Jewish and TN Episcopalian.

    Ages will be ranging from 26-53 if the others who where invited also show. AND... I will be cooking an amazing meal from my Italian heritage....definately celebrating diversity. I think I have this one down!

    If anyone wants to expand their horizons the party is at my place Sat night;)!
    Jeanne
    PS. You know if you where in town you would be invited too;)!

  7. Just true points you have made about being hanging around people like them - and sometimes we have to step back and look at what we are hanging around to see if we need to be there.

    Growing away from our "kind" is uncomfortable but rewarding and can be fun if we allow it to be.

    I twittered this - it was a good read.
    Angela
    http://www.twitter.com/angelabrooks

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  • 10 comments on “The Prosperity Power of Diversity”

    1. Randy,

      That's a great point. Jay Abraham comments that a lot of his success has come from taking ideas from one field or industry and applying them in another to create a breakthrough. Because he has that diverse knowledge and experience he's able to do that.

      OK, off to check out the new book!

      Kevin Francis

    2. Such a fine line dear sir... Between enjoying diversity & thriving in it VS Being around a whole load of people who are different yet not healthy for you (put you down, let you down, don't honour you)

      I think within this diversity fertilisation... their also has to be a level of consciousness about it: Knowing our edges and stepping into them with awareness, while being with people who honour, enjoy, appreciate who we are.

    3. Hooray for the new book! A know this might sound amusing, but would you believe that my ex-husband's puppy chewed up your old edition? And it was an autographed copy! I was devastated. I'm interesting in seeing what's in your new edition and I look forward to an autograph opportunity some time.

    4. Found this and thought your readers would relate...

      Subject: "The Law Of The Garbage Truck"

      I enjoyed this - thought you all might like it too!

      How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee or friend ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly one can get back their focus on what's important. Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson in the back of a New York City taxi cab.

      Here's what happened.

      I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches! The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"

      And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

      “Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they'll dump it on you.”When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did.”

      I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do it anymore."

      I began to see garbage trucks. Like in the movie "The Sixth Sense," the little boy said, "I see Dead People."

      Well, now "I see Garbage Trucks."
      I see the load they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing;
      I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.

      One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field. He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled.

      He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best. Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting.
      Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses. Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about.

      The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day.

      What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today,
      if you let more garbage trucks pass you by? Here's my bet. You'll be happier.

      Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..
      Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't.
      Believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance , TAKE IT!
      If it changes your life , LET IT! Nobody said it would be easy...
      They just promised it would be worth it!

      Decide NOW to make Every Day a Garbage Truck Day, by sending them on their way!

    5. You know what, this is a great post. I have changed a lot from when I was younger being raised in a primarily white community. I now hang out with a wide variety of people, all the colors of the ethnic spectrum, straight to gay, poor to rich. I have friends in all these areas and only distrust my poor friends because they are always complaining! That was kind of a joke, and kind of not. Anyway, Randy I need money too, so click on my name just above, and by a few cases of my book and give them as gifts to your friends that need to exercise!

      Another funny thing about this, yesterday I was sitting at a table working on a business plan and 6 friends came over after they were done playing basketball. I had an Asian friend, a friend from India, a Native American, a 2 African Americans, and one white/black friend. All of these guys are awesome and have good input in different areas of life. I have learned something from each of them and actually learned even more from the friend from India that I golfed with yesterday. I seem to laugh more when the crowd is more diverse? Interesting...

      I feel blessed that I have a diverse group of freinds, the best part about it is when I invite them all over together, interesting conversations take place!

    6. Hey Randy-
      I just opened this and laughed out loud when I read the first sentence.

      I was just going over the guest list for a dinner party we are hosting on Sat. night. RSVP's so far are from.....

      *Sabastian and Elizabeth.
      He is from France. (love to hear him speak!) She is from DC
      *Carolyn and Jesse
      Both women. Together 4 yrs now.
      *Alex and Renata
      Young couple from Brazil
      *Edwin and his new wife
      From the Phillipines
      *Susie and Kathy
      Both women. Together for 14 years.
      *Anita
      Pasty white american who works in South Sudan building schools for 300 beautiful African girls.
      *She is bringing her friend
      from Portugal.
      *Michael and CJ
      African American couple.
      *Stephen
      My gay, athiest, "other husband" friend.
      *Bethanne
      Southern as they come, Baptist w/flaming red hair.
      *Myself and Will
      NY Jewish and TN Episcopalian.

      Ages will be ranging from 26-53 if the others who where invited also show. AND... I will be cooking an amazing meal from my Italian heritage....definately celebrating diversity. I think I have this one down!

      If anyone wants to expand their horizons the party is at my place Sat night;)!
      Jeanne
      PS. You know if you where in town you would be invited too;)!

    7. Just true points you have made about being hanging around people like them - and sometimes we have to step back and look at what we are hanging around to see if we need to be there.

      Growing away from our "kind" is uncomfortable but rewarding and can be fun if we allow it to be.

      I twittered this - it was a good read.
      Angela
      http://www.twitter.com/angelabrooks

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