Inspiration: Beyond One Life 11


My father  is the last survivor of his parents’ nine children and by living longer than any of his siblings has now been elevated from the eighth position in a long stream of amazing people to the head of the remarkable family that served as inspiration for me in so many ways.

That’s the magic of lasting.

According to his birth certificate, Irvin Kenneth McArthur, was born at the end of the Asylum Car Line 1/21/1923 near Meridian Mississippi, delivered by a Dr. Lowry in the 2nd bedroom next to the porch, which the family later called the Radio Room because it was there they listened to one of the earliest models of a radio with a cabinet full of batteries and a big speaker on top.

Dad was an early explorer and later in life wandered out on the track, causing the conductor, Mr. Warren (known to the kids as Mr. Worm) to stop the car, pick him up and take him home.

That’s the magic of curiosity.

His  “Papa” was postmaster, the creator  of the McArthur and Cody General Store and Wagon Yard and went on to become a well known and respected building contractor, so the thirst for creation and entrepreneurship was embedded at an early age.

In his back yard there was a large barn which was originally built as a multipurpose shed for wagons, cows, horses and feed storage for the animals.  Sometime in the 30s, Dad latched on to the shed and created a bicycle shop in the midst of he Great Depression.

That’s the magic of creating something from what you have.

My Father was raised in the heart of the deep south, while I came of age far from the tensions of racial politics in the freedom of the Western Slopes of Colorado.  In the sixties, I traveled with my family to the heart of Mississippi and was shocked by the “Whites Only” restrooms and the tensions in the air.

I wondered at my Father who had been raised in a different age and in a different place and at the fact that I’d never heard or sensed a racist thought from him.

That’s the magic of going beyond the place you begin.

I could of course go on for an entire book about my father and the inspirations he provided for me.

  • He is a man eager to grow and learn.
  • He is a man quick to forgive.
  • He is a man slow to judge.
  • He is a creator of fresh ideas.
  • He is a man of faith and love.
  • He is a man of honor.

Along the way, my father collected a long series of impressive accomplishments and notable honors, but his real legacy goes far beyond buildings named after him, organizations he built, grew and supported and his inspiration to thousands of people he met along the way.

My Dad’s legacy is in the people he touched and inspired and lives far into the future.

Beyond one life.

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

All the best,

Ken McArthur

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And more, more, more.

 

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About Ken McArthur

Ken challenges us to realize we ALL have an impact – whether we want to or not – on thousands of people who we touch in our day-to-day lives by demonstrating that simple things make a HUGE difference. The popular host of a series of live events that bring together top-level marketers, entrepreneurs, business owners, corporations and non-profit organizations to create multi-million dollar joint venture relationships – he creates incredible, intense impact for product launches and multi-million dollar profits in surprisingly short timeframes. Regularly asked to speak at leading marketing events, he has managed product launches ranked in the top 400 sites on the Internet. Ken McArthur is also the creator of AffiliateShowcase.com, a pioneering affiliate program search engine and directory system and the founder of the MBS Internet Research Center, which conducted the world’s largest survey ever attempted on the subject of creating and launching successful information products. Not satisfied to concentrate entirely on large organizations, Ken also works with select individuals to help them create a decent living utilizing the power of the Internet. Ken was the official mentor for Sterling Valentine as he took his launch from ZERO to over $100,000 in less than 8 days. Ken and Sterling documented the process as a “proof of concept” for Info Product Blueprint a massive home study course that is the “bible” of info product creation. Ken offers top-level coaching and mentoring programs designed to help individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations reach masses of people using the techniques, tactics strategies and systems that he has developed specifically to help people spread their ideas, products and services around the globe.


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11 thoughts on “Inspiration: Beyond One Life

  • Carol Cheshire

    Your Dad is a remarkable person. Most real Southerners were very predjudiced.
    In Texas we had the white and black areas but few were truly predjudiced The blacks were accepted as people not as objects of scorn. I grew up in a house that had blacks who worked for us but were given a home an schooling. My dad was big on them getting an education. I spent a lot of time with them. The kids were my playmates. 

  • Daniel Tredo

    Thanks for sharing that Ken. I spoke to my Dad today and reminded him that it was he who planted the entreprenurial spirit inside of me, and showed me by example the princible of ‘doing right by serving others’. Happy Fathers Day to great Dads everywhere!

  • Patti Malone

    Ken – Thanks for sharing your Dad with us.  And it’s equally as beautiful becaue your Dad got to read and respond to it.