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Good Help is Hard to Find, Even When You’re Rich and Famous


by Glenn Shepard
July 28, 2015
Category:  Management


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A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business found that 8 out of 10 businesses said finding good, high quality people is their number one challenge.

I hear it in my seminars, from California to New York. Managers everywhere are desperate to find good people who want to work. (How interesting that no politician – Republican, Democrat, or anything else – wants to talk about this.)

But contrary to what many employers believe, this problem is not a recent phenomenon. It’s been going on for years.

Back in 2005, three former PayPal employees founded a new company which they sold to Google a year later for $1,650,000,000 – even though it had never made a profit and most people had never heard of it.

You’ve probably heard of it by now. It’s called YouTube.

In 2007, an employer who was desperate to fill one particular position turned to this new website in depravation.

His name is Neil Schon. He’s the guitarist and cofounder of Journey.

After Journey lost lead singer Steve Perry in 1987, they had a hard time finding a successor. Because Steve’s tenor voice was so unique, they went through two replacement singers but never came close to recapturing the magic of Journey’s heyday.

When Neal went looking for a third replacement, he was frustrated with his inability to find someone who could come close to Steve. He spent days on YouTube, watching hours of video on the off chance he might find a diamond in the rough.

And then it happened.

He found a video of an unknown band in the Philippines, playing the Journey song “Faithfully” in a nearly empty bar. Here are Neal’s exact words:

“After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought he can't be that good.”

The singer’s name was Arnel Pineda. Neal sent him an e-mail asking him to come to San Francisco and audition for Journey. Arnel deleted the email, thinking it was a hoax

Eventually Neal convinced him it was real, and sent him a plane ticket. When Arnel told the customs officer at the Manila airport why he was going to the U.S., he didn’t believe him and was not going to allow him to leave the Philippines.

Arnel had to sing “Wheel in the Sky” in the airport. The officer was convinced, and the rest is history.

Arnel has now been touring with Journey and playing to sell-out crowds for years now, and his life has changed in just about every way possible. He has gone from poverty to living the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Some things never change.

Ten years after their founding, YouTube STILL hasn’t made a profit.

And good people are STILL hard to find.

But there are STILL good people out there who can fill any position you need to fill, IF you’re willing to work hard enough to find them.

To Your Success,

P.S. To see the video that instantly made Arnel rich and famous, click here:

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