Peter J. Daniels is a well-known and respected Australian international business statesman of substance. He has conducted over 1,000 seminars in many parts of the world and has possibly spoken to more live audiences throughout the world than any other Australian.
The late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, had said that Peter J. Daniels was:
"...the best platform speaker in the world."
Yet it wasn't always that way. Peter J. Daniels came from a poor dysfunctional family background and as a child suffered from ill health and dyslexia. He never passed one grade at school and found himself to be virtually illiterate at the age of 26. However, from this humble beginning he developed a deep faith in God and confounded the skeptics.
The “rise and rise” of Peter J. Daniels was painfully slow commencing full-time menial work at the age of thirteen until he became a bricklayer and stonemason, working piecework sometimes from 6am to 8pm seven days a week. Peter J. Daniels identifies the turning point in his life as being May 25th
1959 in South Australia when he discovered the reality of God at a Billy Graham Crusade. Not long after that event, he believed that God had given him two dreams. The first was to see how much money one human being could give away in their lifetime and the second, was to change the world for 300 years. In pursuit of these dreams he purchased three dictionaries to understand words, and practiced pronunciation and speech by listening to British broadcasters on radio who in those early days spoke impeccable English. Without a tutor or mentor he then studied economics, politics, modern and ancient history, theology, law, philosophy and business. He soon discovered that the mind was like a muscle and could be developed. He held a particular interest in reading biographies as they gave him a repertoire of experiences and life's lessons in overcoming incredible odds. Although he failed three times in business he avoided bankruptcy each time, persevered and met his commitments, and the rest is history. For nearly two decades Peter J.Daniels then built a thriving business in real estate in Australia with South-East Asian connections and finally sold out to follow other business pursuits.
The media has called him ‘an adrenalin charged salesman'
, a ‘religious nut’
and ‘a battle scarred champion of a dozen crusades’
, with one newspaper stating “he expects everything to be done yesterday and has an uncanny way of making sure that it is”.
The business community has said of him ‘he could motivate an Egyptian Mummy to walk’
and yet others call him an ‘International Business Statesman’
. Church leaders refer to him as a “missionary to the business world”
and a ‘merchant of hope’
, and speak widely of his generosity. Books, magazines and newspapers print stories about his life, which have also been featured on radio and television talk shows and news reports. Many worldwide have written articles that reference his life, and quote stories of his humble beginnings and his determination to succeed in whatever task he has before him.
In 1984 Mr. Daniels launched his first book that became the catalyst for the World Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, which with a no debt philosophy, became one of the largest suppliers of Christian based business education programs and books in the world. He has since authored over twenty books and numerous business education programs that are distributed worldwide in many languages.
The popularity of his lectures and educational material is in part due to his ability at creating simple business formulas to solve difficult problems. Thousands flock to hear him speak wherever he travels across the globe where his books and programs sell at a frantic pace. It is claimed by the promotors of one of his presentation recordings on the subject of encouragement, that they sold over one million copies.
Peter J. Daniels has been honored by universities, theological colleges, institutions, governments, businesses and humanitarian organizations from around the world for his entrepreneurial ability and benevolence. He has served on International Boards with some of the world's greatest intellectual, business, academic, religious, and corporate giants of the 20th and 21st centuries of which his role in Worldwide Leadership Council, and Haggai Institute of Advanced Leadership were prominent.
Peter J. Daniels promotes family values. Happily married to Robina, he enjoys the love, friendship and support of a very close knit family with three children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Today, Mr. Daniels undertakes private consultancy and is passionately dedicated to his latest project “The Gabriel Call”.
The autobiography of Peter J. Daniels called “Living on the Edge” can be purchased from http://www.wces.vu/store/