Words to Ponder From a Self-Made Multi-Millionaire

I spent half my weekend in training.  But not the kind that most people reading this would think of.  This was what I'll refer to as Entrepreneur School.  Training on being a better self-employed business person.  In this case I was listening to a very successful (and very wealthy) man for whom I have a great amount of respect because he is incredibly successful not just in business but also in his family.

He said a couple of things that really stuck in my brain, and I thought I'd share them with you.  The first one will probably be considered near blasphemy by many of you, but if you'll stop and think about it, you'll see the truth in it.  Here it is:  “The people who understand the technology usually end up working for the people who understand the trends.”  (I hope I don't have to point out to you which one of these makes more money.)

And a few other quotes to ponder...  “The number one most common quality of successful people is optimism.”  and “Most people convince themselves that what they do is significant when it really isn't.”

posted @ Sunday, March 14, 2004 11:14 PM

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# re: Words to Ponder From a Self-Made Multi-Millionaire

Left by BrkOnThru at 3/15/2004 12:12 AM
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Great Tips. Many techies, including me, will find such tips hard to believe or hard to implement.

Any more tips?

# re: Words to Ponder From a Self-Made Multi-Millionaire

Left by DavidM at 3/15/2004 2:03 AM
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Nothing unusual I am afraid...it has been happening since the renaissance.. The scientist is not interested in the financial outcome (an exception would be say Edison..) only the quest for understanding. A good case in point is Codd Vs Ellison.. History remembers the scientist not the business man...

“Most people convince themselves that what they do is significant when it really isn't.” That is really good!!! I think one of the keys to happiness is the acceptance of this!!

# re: Words to Ponder From a Self-Made Multi-Millionaire

Left by AjarnMark at 3/15/2004 9:33 AM
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BrkOnThru, that's exactly why I post these things. Some will accept them, some won't, but at least I'm exposing them to the truth. What they do after that is up to them.

David, good point. I'm thankful for the scientists, but I've chosen to be a businessman.
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