One of his
"can't buy moments" was for an executive at IBM
who later asked Peter
would like to be intern for him.
This offer was based on the assumption that with his
many connections and relationships Peter
would open many doors - and that's exactly what happened.
Doors of opportunity opened for Peter
as well when he
was hired at GRiD
, based on his
successful efforts at IBM
From there he moved on to Dell where he rose to become a director.
was there during the tech heydays of the early 1990s - when the stock continued to split and many an individual's net worth skyrocketed.
observed that money changes people - and that a lot of money changes people a lot.
moved on for a brief stint as President of a Canadian company.
He then founded Zero2 Holdings.
Suffice it to say he
was living the business man's version of a rock star life.
And then another major change occurred in his
In 2003 he
suffered a massive heart attack - actually dying on the table and being brought back by doctors who said they had no idea how he
It was at that point Peter
became a man on a mission.
realized life was not guaranteed and he
could die at any moment.
became determined to never pass on an opportunity to acknowledge his
genuine affection for anyone or anything.
"You're important to me!
- "I appreciate you!
- "I love you!
- would never again go unsaid.
approach to business was also put on an accelerated schedule.
has created a philosophy which he
calls Instant Change - seeking to achieve significant impact in hours versus months.
has always acknowledged that he
is never the smartest person in the room - although his
business acumen is self-evident.
listens, discerns the best course of action and then determines who in his
massive network is most likely to bring the right solution to bear.
then immediately makes a phone call to that person.
Not only do they answer right away, they invariably bring the appropriate resources to bear.
thrives on connecting people.
skill at assessing needs and talents and matching them to others in his
network is almost uncanny.
It is common practice when calling a new connection to state "I'm calling to tell you that Peter
The door is open, the connection begins and magic often happens.
You see, Peter
believes that not only is there a place in business and the world to embrace love - there is an urgency to do so because the chance may never come again.
In 2008 he
began a group called Friends of Peter
- FOP - whose purpose is to bring business and community leaders together to effect "Instant Change" as it relates to the critical business and social needs of a community or country.
is an ardent fighter against the abuse of children and has created programs and groups for that purpose.
will go to virtually any length to help those in need.
believes in teaching them how to fish vs merely feeding them.
helps them not by handing out money - rather he
helps them stabilize, shows them how to find their purpose and teaches them how to create their own success.
wife Kelly have taken families 'close to the edge' into their own home - returning the care and help he
received as a child.
continues to create those special "can't-buy moments" which overwhelm the recipient(s) and fill Peter
with tremendous happiness.
What branding lesson do we learn from Peter?
You can be as much a fearless brand as is Peter Strople
- the most connected man in America.