When Giants Are Really Giants: Learning From Those Who Imagined the Possibilities and Succeeded!

“Of course, he carried it a bit too far.  He thought that every windmill was a giant.  That’s insane.  But, thinking that they might be… Well, all the best minds used to think the world was flat.  But, what if it isn’t?  It might be round. And bread mold might be medicine.  If we never looked at things and thought of what they might be, why, we’d all still be out there in the tall grass with the apes.”

While the 1971 movie starring George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward from which the above excerpt has been taken reflects a Don Quixote sentiment, the reference to looking at things and thinking of what they “might be,” is the starting point for entrepreneurial success.

Being able to take positive and effective action on one’s vision represents the difference between the “what could have been” axiom and the realization of one’s true potential.

According to the new “Meet The Giants” web site’s founders, “by surrounding ourselves with people who have already been there and done it we realize that just about every entrepreneurial success story in existence is littered with tales of self-doubt, insurmountable obstacles, fear and adverse circumstances.

Imagine having dinner with over 100 of the world’s top entrepreneurs and tap into the way they think and act, find out about the strategies they have used and continue to use to achieve the success they enjoy and extract that wisdom and knowledge into your own One Page Giant’s Masterplan.”

“There is” the Meet The Giants contend, “nowhere else on earth that you can stand on the shoulders of giants every week of the year without paying huge sums of money.”  Meet The Giants has created such a venue, making knowledge and insight accessible to all.

In the spirit of our “Knowledge Is Power” interview series, I am pleased to welcome Giant facilitator Hilde Makkinje to discuss the “vision” behind her own organization.

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Who exactly are the giants . . .

John Assaraf


As a teenager, John Assaraf risked the consequences of a turbulent lifestyle that could have easily led to jail or to the morgue. In his quest to overcome his challenges and fulfill his desire to live a purposeful and meaningful life, he discovered a unique passion for brain research and quantum physics as they relate to achieving success in business and life.

Today John shares that passion with audiences worldwide. He is one of the experts featured in the hit film and book The Secret, and helped launch it into a worldwide phenomenon (for which Simon & Shuster ordered the largest second printing in its history – 2 million copies) through his appearances on Larry King Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Anderson Cooper 360° and other major media outlets. John is also one of the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management’s Distinguished Thought Leaders.

Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Toru Kiyosaki  is an investor, businessman, self-help author, motivational speaker and inventor. Kiyosaki is best known for his Rich Dad, Poor Dad series of motivational books and other material. He has written 15 books which combined have sold over 26 million copies.[1] Although beginning as a self-publisher, he was subsequently published by Warner Books, a division of Hachette Book Group USA, currently his new books appear under the Rich Dad Press imprint. Three of his books, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant, and Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing, have been on the top 10 best-seller lists simultaneously on The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the New York Times. The book Rich Kid Smart Kid was published in 2001, with the intent to help parents teach their children financial concepts.

Stephen R. Covey


Recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. As an an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, his advice has given insight to millions.

Michael Gerber

Michael Gerber

Michael E. Gerber is an American author and founder of E-Myth Worldwide, a business skills training company based in Santa Rosa, California aimed at the small business and entrepreneurial community. He is most notable for his E-Myth series. (The “E” represents Entrepreneur and was coined by Gerber many years before the more commonly understood Electronic, as in E-mail)

His most popular work The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About It has been on business bestseller lists for years.

Emma Harrison

Emma Harrison

Emma is one of the stars of Channel 4’s Make Me A Million. Worth over £30 million, she is the owner of various businesses including £70 million turnover public sector organisation, A4e.

These are just a few of the “giants” who have come together and who are available to you through the Meet The Giants site.

Tune in to the August 6th PI Window on Business show through the On-Demand Player below, and learn more about this exciting new service.

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