All that hullabaloo about somebody's net worth is just stupid, and it's made my life a lot more complex and difficult.
I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they've been.
I learned early on that one of the secrets of campus leadership was the simplest thing of all: speak to people coming down the sidewalk before they speak to you. I would always look ahead and speak to the person coming toward me. If I knew them I would call them by name, but even if I didn't I would still speak to them.
I probably have traveled and walked into more variety stores than anybody in America.