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Key Idea: Be A Giver Not A Taker

Frank has done so much for his community, the city leaders gave him his own exit off a busy Southern California freeway.

Key Question:


 Frank stays excited because he is always helping people.  He is a giver, not a taker.

Q: What does this mean?

A: Look behind you and examine the path you are on. If the path looks better behind you than it does in front of you, you are a giver. If it looks more worn and used up, you're a taker.

Frank had some wealthy relatives who would visit his family once a year. The wealthy relatives would bring gifts and money to leave with Frank's parents. Observing all of this over time Frank decided he would rather be the wealthy person giving to the poor person than the poor person receiving from the wealthy person. This decision has driven him well beyond his wildest dreams.

Deciding to be the giver means you decide to be the leader. You decide to be bold, courageous and strong. Only givers can build companies that do good for customers, employees and their communities at large.

Think about it

Are you a giver? What do you have to do to help more people than you are now helping?

Clip from: Bridgecreek Development - Frank Jao

Westminster, California:  In 1975 Frank Jao and his family came from Vietnam  in a C-130 (military aircraft) to Camp Pendleton. They had nothing. 

Within a 48 hours of arriving in California, he got a job as a vacuum cleaner salesman. Within a year he had taken the courses to qualify to become a realtor. With three years he was developing property for others. Within four years he became the founder of Bridgecreek Development and he broke ground on his first building of 50,000 square feet.

Today Bridgecreek literally owns millions of square feet in California  and he has inspired the development of even more. California has become his home and the home of over 400K Vietnamese and their de facto capital outside of Vietnam.

Yes, meet the people who started Little Saigon.

Frank Jao has been recognized by the President of the USA and today Frank is the president of the Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce West Coast and he is spending 25% of his time taking US businesses into Asia.

Immigrants to the USA remind us that this land is a light on the hill, a beacon to the world. We know that business works best within a democratic, ethical society.

Bridgecreek Development

Frank Jao, Founder

8907 Warner Avenue
Suite 118
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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Office: 714.842.8038

Business Classification:
Real Estate

Year Founded: 1975

Be A Giver Not A Taker

HATTIE: You worked and you had your own place?

FRANK: I was still maintaining school. After school, I spend an average of six hours a day delivering newspapers – and that give me my income to sustain myself. And talking about luck and one further – two years into it -- the newspaper distributor determined that I can do a good job. So, he gave the whole distribution business in that whole city to me. And all of the sudden at the age of thirteen, I have 6 guys working for me.

HATTIE: Wow, were you on a bicycle doing this?

FRANK: Yes -- it was a bicycle.

HATTIE: Wait a minute, did that break you mother's heart for you to leave home?

FRANK: She had so many kids I am not sure she cared that much. (And then in a somewhat self-critical way, he continues) She does care. A lot. Later on I learned that. But I didn't think she cared when I left.

I didn't want to be in an environment that boxed myself into difficulty -- not only economically – but the way people think around you affect how you think as well. So I wanted to get out of it.

HATTIE: So where did you get the little light – the insight – that you didn't want to think like your parents were thinking?

FRANK: I guess the real light was– my family was a big family – and financially poor. While – a lot of my relatives are really well to do. So every year – because the family and relatives in Asia are very close – every year my uncle and my other relative came and helped my family. Giving them different sort of help including monetary help. And I sit there and I say, "That's not right. Why are we not the giver? Why are we the receiver?" The receiver is always the poor guy in all different aspects. And I want to be the giver when I grow up, and I don't want to be the receiver.

HATTIE: And you are the giver.

FRANK: I become.

HATTIE: Bridgecreek Development exists today because Frank Jao believed, there is an answer to every question.

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