You may be familiar with Dr. Harold Finch from his work with NASA. He is credited with developing the Barbeque Roll concept to resolve extreme space temperatures, which was made famous in the movie Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks.
As a project director in the Apollo program, Harold developed the ideal rotation of once-per-hour for the Apollo 8 spacecraft, according to the Kansas City Times (Dec. 23, 1968). That 1968 mission broadcast the first TV pictures of Earth from space.
If you live in Johnson County, Kansas, you might also know Harold as an instrumental founder and former dean of the local community college.
More recently you may have seen one of his 750 lectures around the world on Unlimited Success, or seen the 2013 film Unlimited, which he both produced and featured in.
If anyone has the authority to speak on success, it is Harold.
His bright and fruitful life began in the heart of the 1930's Great Depression where his mother assured him they were not poor.
"You have God who loves you and you have a good mind. Your future is bright," she told him.
“My siblings and I were spiritually lost and without hope... [before] I realized God’s kindness”After his grandmother's passing when he was age ten, Harold says he came to know God and His love.
"My grandmother's pastor saw that my siblings and I were spiritually lost and without hope," Harold recalls.
The pastor showed them Jesus' promise in the Bible: "Whoever hears [i.e. follows] My word and believes Him (God the Father) who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life'" (John chapter 5, verse 24).
Harold remembers, "God the Holy Spirit spoke to me clearly. I was in tears as I realized God's kindness to me in spite of my sin and rebellion. I prayed to receive Jesus Christ as my Savior.
"There was no question that I was truly a new person, spiritually born again by God's work in me."
For the first half of his life Harold was a scientist, educator and business founder, before he sold his business interests to devote his time to mission work at age 52.
"Money is okay because it allows you to do good things," he explains.
Harold gave up his comfortable life to live among the lowest caste in an orphan home in rural India where he helped build a school, a church and houses for nearby tsunami victims.
In the movie Unlimited, for which Harold is the executive producer, Fred Thompson played the part of Harold Finch, who inspires the main character Simon.
"I think [it is a film] that the whole family can go watch and be inspired by," Harold says of the project.
So why leave a seemingly very successful life behind to produce films and help in orphanages in poor countries? Because there are a few things Harold has come to learn about success in his lifetime.
In his free book, The Three Keys That Unlock The Door To Great Success, he highlights 20 principles, which he calls "the underpinnings of the three keys".
He outlines The Three Keys themselves explaining that successful people are visionaries, goal-directed, and practice the "golden rule": putting other people first and not living a self-serving life.
The final chapter talks of a bonus key, a very special key: the one that unlocks eternal success.
"When you throw God out of a country, a business or your own life you lose His protection, power, guidance and leadership," Harold explains.
"The three keys," he writes, "can give us great success while we live a short time on earth, but the only key that can give us everlasting and infinite success is Jesus Christ. That key to life eternal is a free gift of God – ready for us to accept or reject."
The message of Unlimited is based on the Bible verse Matthew chapter 19 verse 26, which reads: "With God, all things are possible."
Harold believes this wholeheartedly, because he credits all his accomplishment and success to God. •
Connect with Harold and read his free book at www.finchsuccess.com