The Epoch Times
November 1, 2042
Maria Garcia-Staff Writer
Recently, I sat down with Mr. Tuan Tran from Clear Water, FL for an interview. Mr. Tran is a philanthropist. He made his fortune in life insurance and now he is giving away up to 90% of his fortune to different causes. Here is our conversation.
Maria Garcia (MG): Good morning, Mr. Tran! Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to meet with me.
Tuan Tran (TT): Good morning, Ms. Garcia! My pleasure. Thank you for your visit.
MG: You look fit, happy, and radiant. What you do you attribute your good health too?
TT: Thank you. It’s all about having good habits. The fit part is from proper diet and exercise. I eat nutritious organic food, lift weights 3 days a week to maintain muscle mass, and do cardio and stretching exercises 3 days a week to keep my blood flowing and my heart healthy. The happy part is from living on purpose. And the radiant part is from sitting quietly at least 20 minutes a day.
MG: Please tell me more about living on purpose.
TT: It all started in 2022 when I was 48 years old. I found a self-discovery course online called the Master Key Experience. The creators of the course were Mark and Davene Jenuszewski husband and wife. Along with a group of guides, they helped me discover who I really was, what my definite major purpose was, and my life and career took off as the result.
MG: Wow! That was life-changing, wasn’t it?
TT: Yes, it was. Thanks to them, my life hasn’t been the same. It’s lightyears better. I owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.
MG: So, what did you discover about yourself?
TT: I discovered that I am a part of God. I am made in the image and likeness of God and truly precious in His eye. For so long, I forgot who I was. For more than 40 years, I was covered with conditioning, some positive, but mostly negative. I just had to break the negative conditioning by replacing bad habits with good habits. By doing that, my life improved dramatically.
I also discovered that I was one of a kind because there is not another person like me in the world from the beginning of the world until now. I have something unique to contribute to this world. Furthermore, I was made for an important purpose. God had a mission for me to carry out.
Prior to the course, I could only understand that with my head, but not with my heart. When I took the course, I understood and felt it more from my heart. The heart is where it’s at. The coming together of head and heart is paramount because thought without emotion can only go so far. Positive thoughts combined with powerful emotions, now, that is revolutionary. They revolutionized my life.
A side note, what I said before about me being precious, unique, and important, it was not boastful. We were made that way and not just me. If some of us don’t see and feel that way, then find a way to discover our true identity and purpose. It’s the most important work we can do in our lives I believe. Some people lived 100 years without discovering who they were and what their purpose was. Henry David Thoreau was 100% right when he said that most people live lives in quiet desperation. I cannot strongly recommend the Master Key Experience course enough to everyone.
MG: And what was your definite major purpose?
TT: To educate people about money, help them grow their money so they can retire in comfort, protect them when they are sick, and protect their family in case they pass away unexpectedly. My purpose is to serve the working-class people who are underserved. They need to know more about how money works and how to protect themselves against devastating loss better and I am there to help them.
In taking the Master Key course, I discovered that my two most important needs were Liberty and Recognition for Creative Expression.
The first important need is Liberty because I wanted to make something of myself. I believed with all my heart that I was special and I had something important to contribute. I was not made by almighty God to be mediocre. Also, I was contributing to charities, but my gifts were not big enough. Therefore, I was hungry to gain financial independence fast because the more I made the more I could give. Initially, I gave 10% of my income to different causes, then 20%, 30% and now, 20 years later, 90% of my earnings. I am not saying this to boast, but to inspire more people to give and make a difference. Time, talent, treasure, whatever you can contribute to make people’s lives better, then give. It is indeed better to give than to receive.
The second important need is Recognition for Creative Expression because God made me to be creative like him. I craved to create new things by combining two different and unrelated things. For instance, instead of counting 1 to 10 when I lifted weights, I said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” That’s 10 words. By affirming that belief with intense emotion, I felt strong at the end of the set of 10 instead of feeling tired like when I counted 1 to 10. I was able to gain more strength and fitness faster than when I did it the old conventional way. Little creative things like that led to bigger and bigger things later in my life.
MG: So, what were some of the goals you had for financial independence?
TT: Work smart and hard.
Working smart means know what to say, how to say and when to say to clients and people whom I wanted to invite to join my team. Working hard is at least 40 hours of work per week. Connect with clients 3 hours a day, Monday to Friday. That 15 hours per week to set appointments. 1 hour a day or 5 hours a week was dedicated to inviting people to be our teammates. 5 hours of administrative work. The rest about 15 – 20 hours were dedicated to meet with clients to present my products.
My rule when connecting with clients or presenting my products is: I just present the facts and speak from the heart with enthusiasm and emotions. Accepting the facts or not is up to them. I reward myself after all my activities like calling clients, following up or presenting, and not just after a successful transaction. I reward my activities because this business is all about numbers. It’s truly a numbers game.
I developed a detached and positive attitude and that attitude helped me develop thick skin and nothing fazed me because nothing people said or did affected my self-esteem or self-worth. I was still precious, important, and purposeful regardless of what anyone thought, said, or even believed about me.
MG: You mentioned earlier about sitting. What do you do when you sit?
TT: I was taught to relax and let go of all negative and destructive thoughts like anger, envy, greed, frustration, revenge. In short, let go of all tension, negative emotions, attachment of any kind, and get rid of all the rubbish in my mind. I was also taught to think only of positive experiences. I was taught to flood my mind with unforgettable happy memories. The more we do that, the more cheerful we become. I have a habit of spreading good cheer everywhere I go. I smile to everyone face to face and even over the phone. Believe it or not people can detect your smile over the phone. Since I’m happiest when I serve and add value, by serving and adding value every day and everywhere, I am always joyful.
MG: That’s wonderful! Now let’s talk about something dear to your heart, your charities.
TT: No offense, but I don’t view them as charities. I simply share what God has so generously given to me. Everything I have including my life, my breath, my body, my soul, my health, and wealth. Everything! All have been gifts from God. He gives me all and I in turn share some of it with my brothers and sisters who go without.
MG: What is one project that is dearest to you and why?
TT: The Water Pump Project I Thirst. One day, I walked into a chapel inside a house run by a Mother Teresa’s nuns and I saw two words, “I thirst” taped next to a crucifix.
Before Jesus died on the cross about 2000 years ago, he said, “I thirst.” A Roman guard dipped a sponge in vinegar and gave it to Him to drink. I promised to myself after seeing the two words “I thirst” that I would work hard to fund for the drilling and installation of hand water pumps so people in remote areas who have no access to water may have clean and healthful water safe to drink. There are women have to walk for half a day just to get a jar of water for their family.
MG: How many have you installed so far?
TT: 8,000 water pumps. Our goal is to install at least 10,000 water pumps by 2050.
(to be continued in the next issue)