Travel In the Middle East
We are living in an amazing world today
We are living in an amazing world today. I have just returned from 10 days in the Gulf, speaking to more than 2,000 people in five different seminars and three different countries.
Some months ago, we received a contact from a company in Tehran. They wanted to invite me to come to Iran to meet with them and speak with their many clients. Our initial reaction was to decline the invitation because of the political situation between the United States and Iran.
However, it turned out that Americans regularly visit Iran, travel all over the country as tourists and never have any problems or difficulties. We therefore decided to go.
In my three days in Tehran, I met hundreds of people, almost all of which were warm, friendly, interested, curious and open to new information. It turns out that Iran does not recognize copyrights on books or anything else. As a result, they have published more than 20 of my books in Farsi and sold more than 3,000,000 copies, making me one of the most popular authors in the country. There is a special section of Brian Tracy books in every bookstore in Iran.
The history of Iran goes back almost 3,000 years, but really began with the rise of Cyrus the Great, who built the first empire in world history, stretching from what is today Russia and Pakistan all the way to the Mediterranean, including Egypt and Greece. He built beautiful cities and brought an enormous part of the globe under Persian influence. His empire endured for more than 300 years, until 330 BC when the Emperor Darius II was defeated by Alexander the Great at Arbela.
When I traveled in Iran many years ago, I read an excerpt that said, “And the great caravans came from East and West when Isfahan was the center of the world.” The city of Isfahan is one of the great archeological treasures. It is full of temples, mosques, and beautiful buildings that attest to the richness of the Persian culture.
My trip to Iran was completely with incident, arriving and departing smoothly and on schedule. From Tehran, I flew onto Kuwait where I spent a day and a half with my friend Khalid al-Kanzi, one of the most talented and entrepreneurial businessmen I have ever met. Khalid organizes high-level training and development programs for leaders, managers and entrepreneurs in Kuwait, as well as assisting them in setting up websites to trade internationally.
My friend Tom McCarthy, one of the top business speakers in the world, who lives only two miles from me here in Solana Beach, was also in Kuwait speaking to the same group of people for Khalid. Kuwait is a remarkable country, sitting on an ocean of oil, and having one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. It is a beautiful, modern city with new hotels and office buildings going up everything. It is easy to see why the Western world reacted so strongly and came to the defense of Kuwait when Saddam Hussein invaded in 1990.
After a productive day in Kuwait, speaking on the Military Principles of Leadership as Applied to Business, I flew onto Dubai to give a one-day seminar for DAMAC, one of the fastest growing real estate developments in the world today. Dubai is booming in every sense of the word! The government has decided to make Dubai a business and financial hub for the Gulf, and for the entire region. They have liberalized business and banking laws, and are encouraging corporations and banks to open headquarters offices in the country.
DAMAC has built, or is building, 38 high-rise condominium towers to accommodate the explosive growth of Dubai. They are expanding throughout the Gulf with projects in other countries that include the construction of entire new cities.
My friend, Anand Menon of DAMAC, who brought me into speak to 185 of their top associates, executives and sales professionals, is one of the most talented personal and business development experts I have ever met. Together with his team, he is helping to build DAMAC into a world-class development and construction giant.
Interestingly enough, there was virtually no discussion of Iraq during my visit. Everyone I spoke to is pro-Western and pro-American. They have the same desires and ambitions as anyone else. They want to be successful in business, make as much money as possible, build a happy family life and enjoy all the benefits of the modern world. In addition, most of the people I worked with are highly intelligent, well educated, knowledgeable about the world, well read and hard working. Just like you!
It took 18 hours of flying to get out to the Gulf, and another 18 hours to get back. I departed Dubai on Wednesday and flew all day long, changing planes in London, and flying onto Toronto to arrive on the afternoon of the same day. After a well-received talk to 600 top executives and financial service experts of Assante Wealth Management in Toronto, I caught the afternoon flight and arrived back in San Diego by midnight Thursday, May 31 – 12 days on the road.
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Next week, I am on my way to New Zealand to speak for a week. In the meantime, I continue to wish you the best of health and prosperity.
About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.