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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.
probably heard of it by now. It’s called YouTube.
2007, an employer who was desperate to fill one particular
position turned to this new website in depravation.
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
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.
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,
To see the video that instantly made
Arnel rich and famous, click here:
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