The Get Motivated Business Seminar filled North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena Tuesday with a dynamic sampling of speakers, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who is also referred to as America’s Mayor for reassuring his city and the rest of the U.S. folowing the attacks on Sept. 11th, 2001. “Give My Regards To Broadway,” was played as he walked to the stage.
Giuiliani said we are going through a revolution today. He urged eveyone to plug in and get connected. Be it a blackberry, a smart phone or a regular computer. If you don’t, he said you will get left behind. He said on-line courses are a great way to better yourself. The ability to assess information quickly is important now as the world is moving three or four times faster now than it was with our parents, he remarked.
“Read books, they are powerful,” Giuliani urged the crowd. “What makes me excited, is it baseball or football?” He challenged everyone to reacquire the joy of reading. He said parents shouls ask their kids what they would like to read. His first childhood book was the biography of Babe Ruth, followed by the ones of Lou Gehrig. Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. He joked that his parents must have been brain washing him to be a Yankees fan all along.
Giuliani said when he reads books, he likes to have two of them going at the same time. One for growth and the other for fun.
Listen and ask questions, “If you want to advance go ask someone who has been there,” he said. Giuliani said he learned a lot from working with Ronald Reagan.
Another takeaway concerns writing. “Writing activates the mind and thoughts exercise the mind,” Giuliani said.”Don’t give up the art of writing.”
Taking five minutes a day to stop and think is another action point Giuliani drove home.
“You have to care about people,” Giuliani stressed. It is important to have friends, people who will help you if something goes wrong.
America’s Mayor also recalled when former President George Bush visited New York three days after 9-11 to show appreciation to all the men and women invloved in rescue and other aspects of the tragedy. He remembered a construction worker who gave the president a big hug and lifted him off the ground saying, “I love you man.” He said that made the secret service nervous.
Giuliani left the stage with the appreciative applause of the crowd and the replaying of “Give My Regards to Broadway.”
Some of the other motivators speakingTuesday included General Colin Powell, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Bill Cosby, Steve Forbes, Lou Holtz and Terry Bradshaw.