Details create the big picture.
Learn how to be a loser, because it's important to be a loser to be a winner.
I remember the mentoring experiences of some teachers that I had, like a second term home room teacher in public school that really was very helpful to me.
I think the American Dream says that anything can happen if you work hard enough at it and are persistent, and have some ability. The sky is the limit to what you can build, and what can happen to you and your family.
I think we are a product of all our experiences.
My mother really didn't know a heck of a lot about business. She was a very good mother, that made sure we ate right and we had our cod liver oil, but didn't know a heck of a lot about what I did.
I think life is sort of like a competition, whether it's in sports, or it's achieving in school, or it's achieving good relationships with people. And competition is a little bit of what it's all about.
The more we can do to create a better society, that benefits more people, the better chance we have that our society will continue to grow and prosper.
If a person is not willing to make a mistake, you're never going to do anything right.
You never want to think the best things are in the past. You want to get yourself to believe that the best things are going to be in the future.
I believe in giving back very strongly.
I read a lot, but I read about the areas that I'm interested in.
What turned me on then, and turns me on even today - and when the time comes from me to retire from management I think I'd still be interested in it - is that everything that happens in the world affects the price of securities.
If we build something great, like we have at Travelers Group so far, a whole host of people benefit.
And learn that when you do make a mistake, you'll surface that mistake so you can get it corrected, rather than trying to hide it and bury it, and it becomes a much bigger mistake, and maybe a fatal mistake.
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