I had never met Lee Iacocca, the man who turned around Chrysler and had written several best-selling books, but one day he invited me to his home for dinner. You can imagine what I felt. I was in awe of Lee Iacocca, and I couldn’t figure out why he wanted to have dinner with me. Going to his mansion was like walking into a fairy tale. It was like a castle, grand in scale and grand in hospitality.
We had a wonderful dinner, and afterward he sat me down in the living room. Then he said something that astonished me: “Mr. Story, tell me the secret of your success.” Imagine Lee Iacocca asking for the secret of my success. He’d written books about being a success. But it turned out, that was a question he always asked people: it was one of the subjects that most interested him. “I’ve watched your videos,” he said. It’s amazing what has taken place.” We had a wonderful discussion about success.
I learned many things, one of them being that you can get tot the top of the mountain and still be looking for other mountains to climb. It reminded me of chapter 2 of Ecclesiastes, which says that you can acquire material things, but you’ll still be looking for serenity or even just a rhythm to life. That was one of the things Mr. Iacocca was enjoying at that point in life, not just conquering or being in charge of something, but have rhythm in his life. The evening was a great privilege for me.
What did I tell Lee Iacocca? I told him I was a God-made man, and he smiled at that – he knows something about assembling things. That dinner conversation was a God idea that opened the door for me to spend numerous one-on-one sessions with Mr. Iacocca, talking with him about the principles of God’s kingdom. It had to be God.
Acquiring money, fame, and power may be trilling. They seem like ends in themselves, but take a moment to think about what happens after we die. You can’t take it with you, but what will you leave behind? Fame will fade, power will flow elsewhere, money will be spent. But the example that you leave, your legacy, will linger in everyone whose life you have touched.