Am I Being Too Subtle ? Straight Talk From a Business Rebel


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Sounds like a good bio from a self-made business man, whose family escaped from Poland during WWII.


Introduction - No B.S.

No one has ever left a meeting with me wondering what I meant.
I have an embedded sense of urgency. What I can’t figure out is why so many other people don’t have it.
from an early age I realized that I had a fundamentally different perspective from my peers. And I was willing to trade conformity for authenticity.
I share the story of how a restless, curious boy who grew up in Chicago made it to the Forbes 400.

That, in my definition, is an entrepreneur. Someone who doesn’t just see the problems but also sees the solutions—the opportunities.
“If everyone is going left, look right.”
I make a point of shutting out the noise—doing what makes sense to me. I want everyone’s opinion, because there is tremendous value in being a good listener. But then I determine my own path. I look for clarity, and if something’s not clear, I get more information.
Once I have formed my opinion, I have to trust my perspective enough to act on it. That means putting my own money behind it.

it’s all about long-term relationships. In any negotiation I believe in leaving a little bit on the table. And in any relationship I believe in sharing the stakes.
He often told me that nothing was more important than a man’s honor.
a good name. Reputation is your most important asset. Everything you do, everything you say, is part of the permanent record. Your name reflects your character.

My life is about testing my limits—and having fun in the process. I believe that 1 + 1 can equal 3. Or 4. Or 6. The fun and gratification are in figuring out how. For me, business is not a battle to be waged—it’s a puzzle to be solved. And the end goal isn’t to accumulate a lot of toys and then kick back.
if I’m doing things I’ve never done before, if I’m using my creativity and resources to solve problems, if I’m constantly learning—that is fun.

’ve been wearing jeans to work since the 1960s, long before it was acceptable.
if you’re really good at what you do, you have the freedom to be who you really are.

Retire from what?” I’ve never worked a day in my life.
I work out every morning at 4:45, I’m at the office by 6:30 a.m., and I don’t get home from work until 7:00 at night.
I have plenty more to do and a lot more to say. Every day is an adventure.

CHAPTER ONE - An Impossible Life

My father was the first person I knew who had done something “impossible.” At thirty-four, he escaped his hometown in Poland on the last train out, just hours before the Luftwaffe bombed the tracks, and then led my mother and two-year-old sister on a twenty-one-month trek across two continents to safety.
As a result, I grew up believing that anything is possible. And when you’re not aware there are any limitations, nothing stops you from trying.