Here’s the true story of yet another person who went from homeless to great success using The Law of Attraction, The Secret, and other self-help books and principles.

I’m in Bangkok, Thailand as I write this.

I was flown here to present at a two-day seminar on The Missing Secret to success.

The people were warm and loving, the event was sold out, the traffic was awful, the food was amazing, and the Thai massages between my presentations were deeply and unforgettably relaxing.

But that’s not the good part.

One of the organizers is a young man from Sweden. His name is Andres Pira.

He left Sweden 15 years ago out of desperation.

He was 20 years old and unhappy.

His life was going no where, he was tired of the ten months a year of darkness, and he needed a way out.

His grandfather died, left him two thousand dollars, and he used it to buy a ticket to the warmest country he could get to fast.

That turned out to be Thailand.

But Thailand was not an easy road for a young man with no contacts, no experience, and no ability to speak the Thai language.

Within a short period, he was homeless.

He slept on the beach.

He was too embarrassed to ask his family for help.

He contacted a friend and confessed that he was desperate.

The friend said, “I won’t send you any money, but I’ll send you a book that might help you.”

A book?

Andres was upset.

He’s starving and his friend is going to send a book?

The book was The Secret.

Andres read it.

And as he did, something awakened within him.

He started to realize that his thoughts were creating his reality.

Since he was homeless, he didn’t like what his thoughts had created.

He decided to learn and use the Law of Attraction to create a better life for himself.

The next book he read was Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think and Grow Rich.

After that, he read my first book on ho’oponopono, Zero Limits.

He was committed to change his life.

He succeeded, too.

Today he runs 19 companies, has 150 employees, and is a billionaire.

He is one of the largest real estate developers in all of Southeast Thailand.

One of his biggest properties in 2018 will be managed by Best Western Premiere.

But he also owns a gym, a law office, a gas station, several coffee shops and more.

He’s only 35 years old.

He told me this story after picking me up at the Bangkok airport.

I was fascinated.

Even though I had just spent 24 hours traveling – with 20 hours of that in the air – I was engaged and wanted to know more.

“You have to tell your story,” I said. “This is inspiring. People look at you and see a billionaire. They don’t see the homeless man who read self-help books and took action to recreate his life.”

“I have never publicly told my story,” Andres confessed. “It would seem like bragging.”

“It’s not bragging to admit you were homeless,” I explained. “How is being homeless a bragging point?”

He laughed.

I told him of my own struggle from homeless through poverty on to global success.

I tell my story not to brag, but to inspire.

I wanted Andres to do the same.

“You are hosting your first event this weekend,” I said. “Why not stand up at it and tell your story?”

He had never considered that idea.

Andres was nervous, but I coached him on how to present his case.

To his credit, he agreed to make his speaking debut at his own event.

He did, too.

And he was great.

People loved this young man and his honest rages to riches story.

Andres explained how he read The Secret, and then moved on to other books by the teachers of The Secret, including me.

In fact, Andres is so grateful for my books and audios impact on his life that he is taking me to Phuket, Thailand for a week of rest, all at his own expense.

As we continued our ride, he told me of various turning points in his life.

One was about giving.

Both he and his fiancé decided to start giving on their birthdays.

The traditional custom in most countries is to receive gifts on your birthday.

But Andres and his soon to be wife liked the Thai custom of not getting but giving.

So on his birthday, he went to orphanages with bags of gifts.

His fiancée did the same on her birthday.

They felt fantastic in making a difference in these children’s lives.

But Andres discovered another benefit to this giving.

“Right then I noticed my businesses began to grow and multiply. Somehow my giving triggered a receiving that I didn’t expect.”

Of course, I’ve written about giving in numerous books, including Attract Money Now.

But it’s always fortifying to hear of others proving the power of giving.

The more I spoke to Andres, the more I realized he deeply integrated what he learned from me and other authors, and yet made it his own and went beyond it.

I told Andres that he needed to write his life story, including his life and business lessons, and his meditations and visualizations.

Whether he wrote it, I wrote it, or someone else wrote it, I could see it transforming millions of readers.

Andres and I will be spending more time together in Phuket, so I may be able to get a fire started under him to share his life with you.

I hope you find this story as inspiring as I do. Again and again, we keep seeing evidence that the Law of Attraction works. But you have to not just read about it, but also apply it.

Andres did, and look at him now.

You can be next.

Ao Akua,


PS – Great news! I convinced Andres to let me help him with his book. You can expect it in 2019. It’ll reveal his story, secrets, principles, meditations, extreme sports insights, multiple business practices, and more. Meanwhile, learn from him and his wife, as I have. My birthday is this month. I plan to turn the tables on custom and my past and make this 64th birthday one of giving on the day I usually receive. You don’t need to wait to your birthday to give. Look around. Someone needs your kindness. Why not give right now?


  1. Mika-Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Love the story and do agree that it should be shared. I’ll sign up for the book right now 🙂 just send me the book and invoice when it is available.

  2. December 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you Joe Vitali. Love your Books your music and you! What an inspiring story. Can’t wait for the book! Thank you!

  3. Mathew-Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing Joe.

  4. Suresh Babu-Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Amazing & Excellent

  5. Jason Brett-Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Wow Joe.. Thank you for those words..
    Andres is a friend of mine from when we worked together in Greece years ago, i last see him in 2010, then a friend of mine Hazel also a friend of Andres, came to visit me after 10 years and told me Andres was doing well, you should get in touch with him, he is holding an event in Bangkok about The Law Of Attraction..
    I said.. wow.. really…

    Actually Joe.(i wanted to come on stage to say but i was to shy to put my hand up) I am currently in a house rented and paid for by a close friend of mine.. my bike, my food, my health insurance, even my watch has been given to me.. i am 45.. i live in Koh Samui (Please come and Visit, we will take care of you) and broke. Just starting a coaching business in enducation for NYCEnglish in Network Marketing. A very promising business indeed and the most credited Online Educational Software 2017. But as you know, network marketing takes time to build an income and I am working hard on that now!
    The Law Of Attraction is very natural to me Joe.. i mean, i am experiencing it everyday, im some shape or form. It just make sense to me.. but however, i do not channel myself or seem to get my head around channelling my thoughts to to the state of mind I need to be in for me to turn my life around.

    I am a natural coach, i coach people daily, whether its a friend, distant friend contacts me through facebook, someone read my positive quotes and asked me advice.. People recommending that tjey should talk to me to get some advice ha ha .. and after coming to your seminar.. Wow…. you touched my heart, my feelings amd Michael also… made me cry several times… the emotions were just pouring out.. The emotion of want, need, desire, missing out on what I can have…
    And I want it!!!! And will get it… and for the first time in my life inhabe realised what my life is about?! And that is about helping others to better themselves.. My happiness comes from knowing Inhave helped someone that needed it. I dont do that for myself, i do it for them, but Joe… i am missing something to make my life the ideal life for me..

    I am not very good at reading books, or is that because I say I am not very good at reading, so i believe that?.. i want to turn that around because i know what i will be able to achieve if i would be able to read better.

    I havent seen your movie Joe, im sorry but I understand the law of attraction..

    I know i must practise more and I WILL.. I have started already!!..

    And you and Andres have inspired me to push myself to the limits….



    LESSON 1. change WANT to WILL!!

    Blessing to you Joe..

    You are awesone and so am I am..

    Oh by the way…

    After the amazing experience last weekend with you and Michael, i experienced serious pains in my upper intestine and was admitted to hospital at 04.30 am Monday morning 10.30 wake up to a doctor advising me to scan my stomach..
    12pm i had my appendix removed and stayed 4 days in hospital and now in recovery… speedy recovery 😉

    On the operating table i was put to sleep whilst i was saying

    I love you
    I’m sorry
    Please forgive me
    And thank you..

    I said this evertime i fell asleep after the op.. and still now..
    I have never heard of that before and my friend came of stage to sing it to you..
    I sinve flown back to Koh Samui where you should come and visit 🙂 and recobered fast and healthy. Tomorrow I fly to Kuala Lumpur to make a new visa and back again to Samui in a few days.

    I would lile to say Thank you Joe.. you have really helped me… given me hope beyond hope and especially after writing this about my friend Andres.. what a guy and you too man..
    Your a special guy..

    Come amd visit us in Samui.

    Thank you for coming to Thailand, and i will see you in person one day to shake your hand.

    Take care Khob Khun khrub

  6. mahesh ingule-Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Gr8ful for sharing it …love and gratitude

  7. Debby Harrington-Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Thank You Joe,
    My life has really taken an awesome turn. I’m so thrilled.
    God Bless Youuuuu

  8. Ann-Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Birthday giving, and I have one coming up in a few weeks.Too fun! Great story. Thank you.

  9. Jill O'Bradovic-Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you Joe for sharing this story. Your words are always positive and uplifting. I have read the Secret and loved it. I am focusing on only Positive Energy from this moment on. What a great idea to give to others on your own Birthday! Blessings to you.

  10. December 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Great story and we all have stories like that inside ALL of us. Joe I want to say thank you for what you do for people. You are an inspiration . Thanks

  11. Poribet Nandom-Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Am inspired! Thanks so much Dr.

  12. Jorge Mario Rodriguez-Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Hello Joe, thank you for such a beautiful and exciting story of success …
    I live in Colombia, and I have the firm intention that you come to visit us and live with you the miracles that you have generated in our lives.
    Thank you.
    I love you.
    I am looking forward to the publication of Andres’ book in 2019, please put me on the waiting list
    God bless you and continue to bring abundance to our lives

  13. Eliomar Coelho Pena-Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Nossa que estaria mais linda hoje estou assim sem teto sem casa de estou lendo o livro limite zero estou vendo umas coisas mudarem .. estou aprendendo com vc Joe obrigado

  14. December 14, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Thank you for sharing Joe. Very inspiring story. I look forward to Andres’ book with you. I also love the idea of giving on my birthday!

  15. December 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

    This is another story that proves that the beginning of any change starts with understanding that our thoughts create what we call our reality.

    The next thing and this is something that I learned from You Joe is that the quality of thoughts is determined by our programming and in most cases this programming happens when we are children.

    Andres received great gift from his friend and what is also very important he really use the knowledge from all the books he read.

    Taking action is crucial regardless of what we want to accomplish and Andres did it.

    It’s really very inspiring story and there’s one thing I know for sure: the book will be great 🙂

  16. Shane Boyd-Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Thank you Joe. This blog post just lit a FIRE in my belly. As it turns out, I’ve been working towards the wrong goal for my life for over 8 years. That’s why I haven’t achieved it.

    After hearing Andre’s story…I know what I need to do.

    Thank you Joe.



    P.S. I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.

  17. Tina-Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 11:36 am

    謝謝thank you

  18. December 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Thank you, Joe. I love the story and how it mirrors your own.

  19. Kartika Nair-Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

    How many years did it take him to achieve all this Joe? 🙂

  20. Neda-Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you so much Dr.
    That was great.
    During reading the story I was imagining myself (instead of Andres) because I have read exactly the books that he has read and exactly with same sequence.
    I started to read the books when I was struggling with my problems and all of them really helped me.

  21. Tony Galvin-Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing Andre’s story Joe !! Very Inspirational & another confirmation that the Universe is just waiting to serve you….

    PS: Have a Fantastic Birthday

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  23. Francis Kyagulanyi-Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Wooooow! Joe is this not so amazing… very greatful and thankful to you since I followed you you blessed my heart though am livin hopeless land…surrounded with negativism people but I stand still…..Thank you being blessing to me…I got attract money now,….men I was fired up.

  24. MUHAMMAD SHAHID kamal-Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks joe,I love the story

  25. Marian-Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    You are indeed, but You’re tottaly cool! ;>

  26. December 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve been following your Instagram posts and now I know the background story. A very inspirational story!

  27. Angela Borges-Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Joe, boa noite aqui no Brasil. Já li seus livros em portugues: Limite Zero, Marco Zero e A Chave. Também vi seu filme O Segredo.

    Mas preciso que seus livros estejam em português porque falo inglês mais ou menos e agora estou fazendo o curso.

    Preciso muito de tudo isso. Pratico, diariamente, o Ho’oponopono mas ainda não atingi meu objetivo. Talvez não o esteja fazendo adequadamente.

    Por, no momento, não posso pagar em dólar.

    Você pode me orientar e me ajudar.

    Também sou Mestre em Reiki Usui.


  28. Duy Thành-Reply
    December 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    It’s amazing. I’ve love it! Thank you very much. It make me a different thinks in my mind!

  29. December 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    That’s an amazing story. Mines is no where near as successful but my life has been changed by two products in particular Think & Grow rich audio program and your own the power of outrageous marketing audio (I don’t read so well) from Nightingale Conant. I left school unable to write my own name and had really bad jobs from picking litter off the streets and working really heavy factory jobs. After investing in myself and personal development I have now being making my living as a professional Magician & Hypnotist for the last 20 years. I’m not even a millionaire yet but I have a dream life working less than 10 hours a week and spending time with my wife & Kids. Thanks Joe

  30. December 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Amazing history dr. Joe! I’ll try make this practice (giving) at my next birthday.

    Thank you for sharing this to us…

  31. December 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Wow how uplifting yes and I am like others that is a GREAT idea to give on your birthday in fact prior to reading this this morning planning on who to give my Voxxlife socks to in fact may even give some insoles away as well My business is steady my website is and my Id number is 111118116 started this journey after reading allot of Joe’s Books Happy Birthday Joe I am with you in Numbers. 1953

  32. vital-Reply
    December 15, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Many thanks Mr Joe Vitale. It’s a very amazing story. It’s inspiring like your seven formula for attracting money now.
    I read it two times and I’ll read it over and over until I apply it successfully.
    Thanks a lot.
    Vital Nyirimanzi

  33. December 15, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks again so much for sharing this story Joe. Keep them coming my friend. I am in the process of finishing the book expect miracles. Next is Zero Limits. I am not homeless but i spiritually and financially i feel homeless, like the law of attraction just will not work for me no matter what i do. I have been trying so hard and doing the work but nothing gives. I want so badly for my negative leftovers to turn into a super success story just like this one. But i just dont know what is missing and why it seems like i just cant get a break. Would love to be able to get coaching but all my money is tied up in trying to make my businesses grow and nothing is happening. thinking and feeling optimistic is a battle everyday. But i will never give up and i will dwell on the good vibes of this inspirational story. I look forward to your new book project release with Andres.

  34. Shankar-Reply
    December 16, 2017 at 3:16 am

    When he publishes his book, could you inform your subscribers.

    Thank you

  35. December 17, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Great story Joe as are all of the examples you give of a simple mindset change. It has put me in touch with the power of the universe. It really humbled me to realize how much that great power wants me to be happy and full of love. I have shared this whenever I can. I using the law of attraction in my businesses now and it works-slowly right now because I still have an ego that blocks it at times. But I am continuing to let that go. I gave on my 60th birthday this year-I gave the party for my kids and grandkids to enjoy–bowling. We all had a blast. Now I have a new tradition.

  36. December 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Awesome story Joe and I look forward to reading that book!!

  37. Lester Johnson-Reply
    December 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you Joe fir all your pearls if wisdom.

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