As I was pulling into our garage last night, I got a text from a friend letting me know that one of my mentors, Dan Kennedy, was in hospice care with only a short time left to live.
I was (and continue to be) in shock. I’ve been out of the Kennedy World for awhile and didn’t know he had become critically ill.
Dan wasn’t the kind of guy who stayed in touch with past friends/clients unless you were getting his newsletters. 🙂
He was all business – all the time – extracting maximum opportunity out of every possible moment.
I can still remember a prescheduled phone call I had with him many years ago. I’m an early morning guy, so Dan’s secretary always scheduled me as the first call.
On this particular day, my call was scheduled for 7:00 am. I called right at 7:00 am. I didn’t call at 6:59 and I certainly didn’t call at 7:01. 🙂
The phone just rang and rang without an answer.
This had never happened before.
Not sure what to do, I called again. The same thing happened. The phone just kept ringing with no answer.
So I thought what the hell… and I called for a third time.
On the 4th ring, Dan picks up the phone and screams “WHO THE HELL IS THIS?”
I replied, “Dan, it’s Rob Minton and we had a call scheduled for this morning.”
There was a short pause when he finally asked, “All of our Platinum Group calls are today?”
Dan led a Platinum Mastermind Group that I was a member of at the time and every month he scheduled an entire day of one-on-one calls with each person in our group. This basically meant that his entire day was booked minute-by-minute with dozens of phone calls.
I couldn’t hold back my deep laugh. Mr. “Time Management” had completely missed an entire day of prescheduled phone calls!
He was human after all! 🙂
Dan didn’t miss a beat.
He said, “Okay, let’s go… whatd’ya got?” and off we went with our call.
It is safe to say that I’ve never met (and never will meet) anyone quite like Dan. He is truly one of a kind and I’m incredibly thankful for everything he taught me about business, people, marketing and money management.
Several years ago Dan and I had created the Renegade Millionaire Strategies Program for Real Estate Agents. This course detailed how I used Dan’s principles to build and sell my real estate brokerage.
One of my team members and best friends, Joe Mercadante, had interviewed Dan and I for several hours to create this course. Joe passed away 9 months ago from pancreatic cancer.
And now Dan is in hospice care???
It is hard to put into words how much Dan impacted my life.
Dan, thank you for everything you’ve done for me – for everything you’ve done for all of us.