- Concentrate on finding a big idea that will make an impact on the people you want to influence.
- Network intensely.
- When you meet someone new, treat that person as a friend.
- Read all the time.
- Get enough sleep.
- Travel extensively.
- When meeting someone new, try to find out what formative experience occurred in their lives before they were seventeen.
- On philanthropy my approach is to try to relieve pain rather than spread joy.
- Younger people are naturally insecure and tend to overplay their accomplishments.
- Take the time to give those who work for you a pat on the back when they do good work.
- When someone extends a kindness to you write them a handwritten note, not an e-mail.
- At the beginning of every year think of ways you can do your job better than you have ever done it before.
- The hard way is always the right way.
- Don’t try to be better than your competitors, try to be different.
- When seeking a career as you come out of school or making a job change, always take the job that looks like it will be the most enjoyable.
- There is a perfect job out there for everyone.
- When your children are grown or if you have no children, always find someone younger to mentor.
- Every year try doing something you have never done before that is totally out of your comfort zone.
- Never retire.
July 7, 2013
Blackstone's Byron Wien: 20 Investing and Life Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years
This is great stuff. Expanded descriptions are available on Blackstone's website.