Donald Mitchell – Help Wanted: One Million Breakthrough Tutors, Arise!

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Help Wanted: One Million Breakthrough Tutors, Arise! was published in February 2011.

Help Wanted points to the one million unfilled jobs worldwide for helping others learn how to make breakthroughs in the most important tasks, and provides a way to speed training and hiring for these positions. When such breakthroughs are made, hundreds of millions more great jobs will be created.

Advancing the lessons in this book can be seen as one of the greatest opportunities God has given us. Help Wanted’s purposes are

  • to encourage readers to teach how to create exponential fruitfulness (accomplishing more of what God intends) and
  • to inform readers how to do so in highly effective ways.

Teaching practical ways to be exponentially fruitful for the Lord can provide both eternal and day-to-day rewards that will further uplift any Christian’s heart and soul. The eternal rewards are alluded to in Revelation 22:12 where Jesus promises to reward those who have done His work when He returns. If ordinary fruitfulness will earn rewards, just think about how much more exponential fruitfulness will be recognized by Him when each is rewarded according to the work that was done.

If it is His will, the day-to-day rewards of such teaching can include experiencing more peacefulness, love, satisfaction, contribution, significance, confidence, inspiration, mastery, kindness, humility, enjoyment, and friendship.

Help Wanted assists readers to select a fruitfulness opportunity to serve, covering eleven major possibilities: witnessing, congregational ministries, Christian nonprofit organizations, universities, secular teaching, youth organizations, foundations, social enterprises, governments, for-profit companies, and independent professionals who advise organizations.

For those who want to turn such Godly work into a part- or full-time profession, there’s plenty of practical advice.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in San Bernardino, California and live in the Boston area now. I am a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. I am a member of the bar in Massachusetts.

I am chairman of Mitchell and Company, strategy and financial consultants in Weston, Massachusetts. In that capacity, I have worked with hundreds of leading organizations to pioneer new best practices around the world.

I have written professional articles for over thirty-five years. I started writing books in 1997.

As a hobby, I write book reviews on Amazon and have received more “helpful” votes globally than any other customer reviewer.

I repented my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord in 1959. I rededicated my life to Him in 1995. I attend Calvary Chapel in the City in Boston, Massachusetts where I serve as a deacon.

I have four children and one grandchild.

What inspired you to write this book?

In 1995, I was called by Who I believe to be the Holy Spirit to began an audacious task: Demonstrate ways for the whole world to make 400 years worth of normal improvements in the 20 years between 2015 and 2035, a task I call the 400 Year Project. The results could be as dramatic for humanity as going from sending smoke signals to watching videos sent via cell phones and email had been for extending communications.

With guidance from the Holy Spirit, advice from management guru Peter Drucker, direction from clients, and assistance from talented colleagues and students, the project has identified many breakthrough solutions which meet the project’s goals. I am the coauthor or author of the ten prior books that contribute to the 400 Year Project: 2,000 Percent Living; The 2,000 Percent Solution; The Portable 2,000 Percent Solution; The 2,000 Percent Solution Workbook; The 2,000 Percent Squared Solution; The Irresistible Growth Enterprise; The Ultimate Competitive Advantage, Adventures of an Optimist, Witnessing Made Easy, and Ways You Can Witness.

“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
— Luke 12:12 (NKJV)

Every aspect of Help Wanted has been taught to me by the One I believe to be God’s Holy Spirit: from the purpose, to the subject, to the title, to the subtitle, to the contents, to the order of the chapters, to the literal words of this Introduction, and to all the details and words that follow. Receiving the directions for what to write has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. I thank and praise God for granting me this awesome favor.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I don’t recall that I ever wanted to be a writer. In fact, my high school English teacher predicted I would flunk out of college because my writing was so bad.

Instead, I was called to be a writer. I have just been obedient to the Lord’s directions.

My first articles were written in response to requests by magazine editors who knew of my work in helping to develop better ways of doing things.

Peter Drucker, the management guru, began encouraging me to write books in the mid-1990s because he felt the information was so potentially valuable.

For my first book, The 2,000 Percent Solution, Robert Metz, veteran business journalist and bestselling book author, joined Carol Coles and me as a coauthor and helped us learn the ropes.

One of my clients introduced me to his publisher, which is how the first book saw the light of day.

My patient editor, Bernice Pettinato, has been teaching me how to write books ever since then. I’m slowly getting better.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I start by rewriting what I wrote over the last week or two. Then I write 500 new words, six days a week.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

It’s much easier to just write what the Holy Spirit tells you to write rather than to come up with your own ideas and words.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I read almost every type of book.

The first book that had a big influence on me was Gone with the Wind which I read when I was seven. I’ve read so many excellent books since then that it’s hard to single out just a few. The book I spend the most time with is the Bible, reading it in many different translations. In the field of management, no one matches Peter Drucker. Almost everything that is written is derivative of his thinking. Shakespeare’s plays are also a favorite place to roam. William Faulkner is my favorite American novelist. I prefer most of the books in the classic library to modern fiction.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes. It’s a book designed to help people start or improve businesses in ways that will generate 8,000 times more cash for the company, its customers, suppliers, and all those who have a stake in this organization. The book has 52 weekly lessons that permit making the necessary improvements over a year.

The lessons are based on work that I did with the Billionaire Entrepreneurs’ Master Mind, a study group formed in 2006 to make it easier for entrepreneurs to make breakthrough success.

The book’s lessons focus on four areas:

1. Preparing the entrepreneur to be more effective.
2. Expanding the market by 20 times and gaining market share.
3. Reducing costs of producing and using an offering by 96 percent.
4. Eliminating the need for 96 percent of traditional investments to produce and to use the offering.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Have a regular daily time for writing when you are at your best. Rewrite what you wrote before. Then produce whatever number of new words you usually can without affecting your quality. Don’t stop until you finish your daily quota.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Someone who feels called by the Lord to prepare others to teach ways to make breathtaking breakthroughs. This is a role for people who delight in seeing others learn how to help themselves and others to accomplish great things.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My author’s page at Amazon is located at:

Information about Help Wanted can be found on

Excerpts are available at: