"If you're here on Earth and you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room."
- Farrah Gray
Farrah Gray had to start working at the age of six to help his poor family. Before he was ten, he started a business selling cookies and greeting cards. At the age of 12, Farrah ended up in Las Vegas when his brother moved there for a job. His entrepreneurial nature, talent in dealing with people and articulation and motivational skills were noticed by a local talk show, “Backstage Live”; and after his first appearance as a guest, he was offered a job to co-host the show. Soon after, he was invited to speak at many events for a sizable sum of money. By the time he was 14, he had earned his first million dollars. Currently at the age of 30, he is involved in various charities, motivational speaking and a foundation to teach business skills to young people and has written a book called , “Reallionaire.”
"I believe the two most important times in a person's life is when we were born and when we find out why we were born," says Gray. "And when we're able to find out why we were born, then we have found our area of excellence.
"Ask yourself three questions. First, what comes easy to me but harder to others? The second question is, what would you do for work for years and years and never have to get paid for it? And the third question is, how can you be of service and how can you give back?
Because I always say, 'If you're here on Earth and you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room.'
Source for Farrah Gray Article: ABC news 20/20 interview
Pictured: Dennis Anderson, the Artistic director of Ramona for past 20 years, recognizing two maintenance personnel, Jose and Carlos Torres, who have been maintaining the majestic set for many years. On right hand side are two lead actors.
POINT TO PONDER
"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!"
- Sun Tzu
STORY LINEby Anand Shah
One third of the firms in Fortune 500 in 1970, no longer existed in 1983. According to Peter Senge, the author of The Fifth Discipline. The average “Half life” of big companies is 40 years. In the environment where very few organizations last for even a few decades, outdoor play Ramona, based on the story that has been made into four movies and a television series, is in its 91st year of performing. When I went to watch this play last weekend, I was wondering what could have made the play last so long. And after watching the theater of 2500 capacity, my curiosity went much deeper. Yes the outdoor stage was majestic, many times wider than any theater I have seen but what was amazing was that it extended to the top of the steep mountain several hundred feet.
But the reason I am writing this reflection is not about its stage, or enchanting love story, colorful dresses, captivating Spanish and Indian dances, wonderful choreography, superb acting and the large audiences. What impressed me the most is that the majority of the 450 people crew is volunteers and they show up the year in and the year out for these mid spring shows.
Wonder why would they want to do that? Yes, there is great historical significance and passion but what I realized that it is a lot more than that after interacting with the makers and participants of the show.
Before the show, Dennis Anderson, the artistic director, thanked all war-veterans, public servants and participants. After the show there was a grand party for all performers and supporting cast. There he again thanked everybody and together with the city of Hemet, recognized the two maintenance personnel for their fine work in maintaining this majestic theater through the years. Talking to various participants, producers and actors with different roles, it was evident that they loved the organization, its cause and the way they treated one another. Their passion and commitment smelled all over in the air.
In my opinion, it is the culture of the organization that has made Ramona longest running outdoor play in America. Beyond the fine love story of social and historical significance, it is also the first class organization and the way it treats its people that has resulted in surpassing all odds of organizational longevity.