One Passport, One Word, A Different Nation


As I reflect on what I just experienced in Paraguay, I can’t seem to get past the place of origin.

A lady carrying only her passport to ask for the autograph of the top leadership guru in the world. A single word, “Transformation”, provides the spark that lights the fire of her dreams. A few years later, I’m part of a Paraguayan journey I will not forget.

A few questions stay with me: what is holding me back from doing something similar? Where does my story begin?

John C. Maxwell had no idea his word would result in the change of a nation. Gaby had no clue how “Transformation” would play a role in the events to come. Heck, she didn’t even know the president of her country, Paraguay. Where would I even begin to take action in transforming a nation?

I don’t know Gaby but here are THREE (3) things I learned from seeing the results of her commitment to make it happen.

1. I don’t know when or how the dream will call
I doubt John or Gaby knew what they were getting into the moment passport page and pen touched. I doubt Gaby had the connections necessary. I doubt John knew the lawmakers of Paraguay. But the dream showed up anyway.

This tells me that dreams show up in unexpected ways and places. It tells me that I will not know the time and place; I’ll just hear the calling.

2. I won’t be ready when it happens
Who do I talk to? Where should I start? Do I have the money? Who’s going to listen to me? What am I going to say? Am I good enough? All these questions will most likely come up when my dream knocks on the door.

Gaby had to make a lot of changes in order to open the space for this dream to take root. I can only imagine the overwhelming pressure of pitching the idea of changing her country to people in high places.

Transformation Paraguay taught me readiness is not a requirement for making a dream reality. All that is required is the will to do it.

3. I won’t be able to do it alone
My mentor John C. Maxwell said it best with his Law of Significance: One is too small a number to achieve greatness. Gaby’s dream is another example of this law.

  • Over 250 coaches and trainers
  • Dozens individuals managing resources
  • Hundreds of meetings
  • Hundreds of hosts, companies, and government companies
  • Over 15,000 participants trained
  • And the list goes on

Gaby wasn’t alone on the journey and she won’t be alone going forward. The dream is bigger than one person.

What I learned from this experience is that I’m not good enough to make my dream a reality just by myself. Along the way, I’ll need a lot of help, partners, mentors, assistants, etc. As John likes to say teamwork makes the dream work.

So, where does my story begin? It already has. How about yours?




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