Peter J. Daniels is a well-known and respected Australian Christian international business statesman of substance.
He came from a disadvantaged background, and his early years were plagued by illiteracy and ignorance. He became a Christian on May 25, 1959, at a Billy Graham Crusade in Adelaide, South Australia. In spite of numerous disadvantages, he built a large real estate business in Australia, with Southeast Asian connections. He has served on international boards covering the four corners of the globe and has been deeply involved in Christian outreach throughout the world for more than 46 years. He has conducted free of charge over 1,000 seminars in churches in many parts of the world.
Peter and his wife promote Christian family values. They have three children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Peter Daniels has authored over fifteen books and numerous business education programs that are distributed worldwide in many languages. He has been honored by universities, institutions, and governments, for his entrepreneurial ability and benevolence and 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.
Today, Mr. Daniels undertakes private consultancy with his son Graham on “Beyond Wealth, Strategic Planning”.
While coming from a poor dysfunctional family background and suffering from ill health and dyslexia he never passed one grade at school. However, from this humble beginning he developed a deep faith in God and confounded the skeptics.
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!
The mass media at times has called him an ‘adrenalin charged salesman,’ a ‘religious nut’ and a ‘battle scarred champion’ of a dozen crusades.
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 are often featured on radio and television talk show and news reports. Schools and students throughout the world write essays about his life, his humble beginnings and his determination to succeed in whatever task he has before him.
One newspaper said “he expects everything to be done yesterday and has an uncanny way of making sure that it is”.
He has received honors from universities, theological colleges, governments, business and humanitarian organizations from around the world.
Thousands flock to hear him speak wherever he travels across the globe and his books sell at a frantic pace. One of his presentation recordings on the subject of encouragement is attributed to have sold over one million copies.
He is a genius at creating simple business formulas to solve difficult problems and has possibly spoken to more live audiences throughout the world than any other Australian.
The rise and rise of Peter J Daniels was painfully slow commencing fulltime menial work at thirteen years of age until he became a bricklayer and stonemason working piecework sometimes from 6am to 8pm seven days a week. The turning point in Peter’s life was when he became a born again Christian at a Billy Graham Crusade on May the 25th 1959 in South Australia. 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, at the age of 26 as an illiterate bricklayer, 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 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, and has now personally read over 1,000 biographies. Although he failed three times in business he never went bankrupt but persevered and met his commitments. For nearly two decades he built a thriving business in real estate in Australia with South-East Asian connections and finally sold out to follow other business pursuits.
In 1984 he launched his first book that was the catalyst of the World Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, which today, with a no debt philosophy, is possibly one of the largest suppliers of Christian business education programs and books in the world.