20 lessons learned in my first 80 years

Sent numbers seven and eight to my son who will be looking for a full time job after finishing another year of college:

Live & Learn

Byron Wien

Byron Wien grew up in Chicago during the Depression.  “He was orphaned at 14 and overcame a difficult childhood to attend Harvard undergrad and business school.  He recently turned 80, and in response to a request from a conference organizer moments before he was supposed to speak, Wien committed to paper some ideas which surely contributed to his success, but more important, they are lessons that shaped such a rich and remarkable life.”  Here are a few excerpts:

  1. Network intensely.  Luck plays a big role in life, and there is no better way to increase your luck than by knowing as many people as possible.  Nurture your network by sending articles, books and emails to people to show you’re thinking about them.  Write op-eds and thought pieces for major publications.  Organize discussion groups to bring your thoughtful friends together.
  2. Read all the time.  Don’t just do it because you’re curious about…

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Published in: on July 9, 2013 at 9:44 am  Comments (4)  

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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Almost copycatted you again! 😉

  2. Great article…..wise man.

    • I promised myself I would not reblog stuff–but I have found some really good stuff lately–did you see the cat video from yesterday–you gotta check it out–


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