The other important qualities that define successful life, ultimately, or meaningful relationships and meaningful work. It will not be money or things or monuments by which we measure our lives at the end.
It will be whether we have created and maintained good, strong, meaningful relationships – from family and friends to colleagues and employees. It will be whether we have contributed in some life-improving way, some meaningful way, to our organizations and communities, in the world. The most important reason to participate in anything is to contribute…
I always looked at things from a life cycle standpoint, and I know that there are just so many years on this earth for each one of us and we need to make sure that our lives are lived in a constructive way. So my personal value system is built around the concept that I want to do the very best I can with all the talent that God has given me. If I do that, I‘ll be a success.
If I can provide capital, leadership, and a value system, and if the employees give it their best in terms of how to develop the business and how to satisfy the customers and exceed their expectations, then we will win.
I’ve tried to avoid making decisions that I didn’t believe in my gut were the right thing to do – morally, financially, emotionally, or whatever.
I’ve walked away from business that I felt wasn’t right or might hurt me financially and served relationships that had the potential for more harm than good. To a large extent, I think my ability to trust my gut, to instinctively know what is right and good and true, has helped me get to where…
Though it is crucial that these people have jobs, the driving decision-makers for me are that these people have jobs and that I make money.
It’s not okay to fulfill just one objective. By agreeing to this contract, I would have to put pressure on other business units and other business contracts so that I would make money elsewhere. By losing it one place, I’ve got to make it up somewhere else.