This monster of business, is known as the Oracle of Omaha, legendary for his business and investment acumen. Chairman and CEO of the conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway-owner of Dairy Queen, Gelco, Fruit of the Loom and Duracell, among other companies- this- gentleman was worth 87 billion as of November 2019, making him the third richest person on the face of this planet. At 89, he is also one of the most magnanimous, having pledged to give 99% of his fortune to philanthropies. However, even an Oracle can use advice now and then, and in a 2010 interview, Buffett-shared what he called the wisest counsel he’s ever receive.
It came from Berkshire board member Thomas Murphy, and it all boil down to exercising restraint and a measure of humility. As Murphy put it, Buffett recalled: “You can tell a guy to go to hell at any time-you don’t give up the right. So just keep your mouth shut today, and see if you feel the same way tomorrow.”
The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell is one of the most respected figures in public life. In a 35-year army career, he rose to the ranks of a four-star general and served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; later, he also Served Secretary of State under President George W Bush. In his 2012 book, that is titled, It Worked for Me, Powell, who is now 82, outlined 13 rules for successful leadership.
- Get mad, then get over it.
- It ain’t as bad as you think! it will look better in the morning.
- Avoid tying your ego to your job, or your position.
- It can be done!
- Be careful what you choose, you just may get it.
- Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
- You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
- Check small things.
- Share the credit.
- Have a vision. Be demanding.
- Remain calm, be kind.
- Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
For Better or For Worse, this tech giant, industrial designer, and the Apple co-founder profoundly influenced the way we all live by pioneering the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 80s. Jobs (1955-2011) showed early genius for electronics however, struggled in school because of a rebellious disposition. After dropping out of Reed College, he became a very close friend with fellow computer wiz Steve Wozniak and work for Atari, designing video games.
After Wozniak designed and build the apple 1 computer, he and jobs starter there iconic company. The years to follow brought the spectacularly successful Macintosh, laser printers and a succession of “I” devices and apps. That is worth an estimated $7 billion at his death, Jobs shared with biographer Walter Isaacson a belief in serving something larger than oneself. “We are always talking about following our passion, but we are all part of the flow of history,” he said. You’ve got to put something back into the flow of history that will help your community, help other people… so that 20, 30, 40 years from now, people will say that this person didn’t just have a passion; he actually cared about making something that other people could benefit from.”
Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on chimpanzees, Goodall who is 85, has spent more than half-a-century studying them in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National park. Her love for the primates blossomed as a child, when her father gave her a stuffed chimp that she name Jubilee. Goodall’s mother, meanwhile always inspired her to dream big and to persist. “When I was about 10 years old and dreaming of going to Africa, living with all the animals and writing books about them, everyone laughed at me,” she recalled.
“World War II was raging across Europe. My family had absolutely no money and couldn’t even afford a bicycle for me. Africa was far away and full of many dangerous animals, and, most damning of all, I was a mere girl. Only the boys could expect to do these kind of things. But my mother said, ‘if you really want something and you work hard and you take advantage of opportunities-and you never, ever give up-you will find a way.’ The opportunity’s was a letter from a friend inviting me to Kenya. The hard work was waitressing at a hotel so I could earn money for the trip-and spinning hours reading books about Africa and the animals, so I was ready when Dr Louis Leakey offer me the opportunity to study chimpanzees.”
Rendered blind and deaf from childhood illness, she was one of America’s most inspiration figures. Thanks to her unwavering devoted teacher Annie Sullivan whom lessons formed the basis of the play and film The Miracle Worker, Keller (1880 1968) became the very first death-blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree from Harvard Radcliffe College. This wonderful woman wrote several books and gained International fame as a lecturer and humanitarian. In 1964 Lyndon B Johnson awarded this beautiful lady the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Despite her disabilities, Keller counseled positivity. “Resolve to always keep happy,” she said, “and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against all difficulties. And difficulties, she acknowledged, are inevitable. “Only through experience of trial and suffering can the Soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Angelou (1928-2014) was a towering figure in America letters, as a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a memoirist, most famously for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which was a 1969 account of her harrowing youth (this wonderful woman was raped by her mother’s boyfriend at the tender age of 8, which so traumatized her that she went five years without speaking a single word) Also an actor, singer and dancer, Angelou became a civil rights activist in the 60s and shot to International fame with the publication of Caged Bird. Into her 80s, Angelou’s commanding, melodious voice helped make her a fixture on the lecture circuit.
And at presidential inaugurations where she read poems for President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. It was, in sum, an incredible life, with so many twists and turns. Her guiding principle was to make one’s own path, a philosophy Katie Couric quoted in her book The Best Advice I Ever Got. “My paternal grandmother, Mrs. Annie Henderson, gave me advice that I have used for some 65 years, Angelou told her. “She said, if this world puts you on a road that you do not like, if you look ahead and do not want that destination which is being offered and you look behind and you do not want to return to your place of departure, step off the road. Build yourself a new pack.”
My friends, there is absolutely nothing that is impossible, the world itself says I am possible. Go ahead my friends, put your head into the lion’s mouth, if the performance is to be a success. A lot of people are afraid to go after what they truly want, and this my friends, is why they don’t get what they want. Always, my friends believe in yourself, believe in your dreams, and never let those who refuse to believe in their selves stop you from accomplishing your goals.
May Prosperity be always with you.
Humbly yours, Paul Earl.