I've been blessed with many great successes in my life and when you can give knowledge and insight and joy to others, what returns is worth much more than money in your pocket.
Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) July 8, 2009
Most people write a book to share ideas, promote a philosophy, or further their personal exposure to the audiences they write to. In a rare example of truly teaching in a selfless manner, Jon Berghoff, an extreme sports ultra marathon runner, created a book in the "most unusual way" to raise money for charity.
Jon Berghoff admits that he has always been an "extreme individual" and that includes giving. When asked why he believes so strongly in giving, Berghoff says, "I've been blessed with many great successes in my life and when you can give knowledge and insight and joy to others, what returns is worth much more than money in your pocket."
Berghoff was the youngest ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a salesman for Cutco Cutlery Corporation. "What does it take to be a Hall of Fame knife salesman?" you may ask. It takes extreme focus and dedication, which brought him to #1 out of more than 1 million people who have sold Cutco knives since it began over 40 year ago.
Berghoff decided that just giving away his own knowledge wasn't enough, so he gathered 14 of the other top Cutco sales representatives, and created the book "Cutting Edge Sales." The real kicker about this book is that every author is sending their respective royalties to a charity of their choice. That's right. None of the authors are accepting any of the royalty money.
In champion form, "Cutting Edge Sales" is being released 2 months early and has already pre-sold over 7,000 copies, which has raised over $20,000 for the 15 charities being represented around the world. Berghoff is donating his portion of the $20,000 to the Front Row Foundation. The Founder, Jon Vroman, is also a contributing author and worked for Cutco for 14 years.
Jon Berghoff's own chapter is focused mainly on the topic of influence. He says that the most important skill anyone can learn is to have influence over yourself. Even with the tough economy, Jon's business has continued to grow and he attributes his success to "learning to influence others through giving first."
Extreme is a word that describes Jon Berghoff's passion for giving and running. Last year he ran 100 miles in less than 27-1/2 hours during the hottest day of the year as a part of the prestigious Old Dominion ultra marathon in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. His next charity effort is to run 400 miles from Washington, DC to Cleveland, OH, at the end of the summer. He will raise money for the Front Row Foundation and bring awareness of the value of giving to the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and business leaders everywhere.
"Cutting Edge Sales" has been endorsed by top sales professionals such as Brian Tracy and Ivan Misner, the founder of BNI, the largest networking organization in the world. The forward is written by #1 sales trainer, Jeffrey Gitomer.