A little over 100 years ago, John D. Rockefeller became the first American to have a net worth of a billion dollars. While that’s only around $24 billion in today’s dollars, it was exponentially more money than anyone else had at the time, which is why the Smithsonian magazine called him “the richest man who ever lived, period.”
As a billionaire, Rockefeller conformed to an archetype that’s remains valid today. Like Elon Musk for instance, Rockefeller was really into fast cars that use the very latest technology. (The photo above shows Rockefeller–the guy with the hat–next to his “super-car” that was about to win the world’s land speed record.)
Like many of today’s billionaires, Rockefeller was against labor unions, against a government safety net, pro-monopoly (the business model not the game) and a bible-thumper (Sound familiar?) That’s not to say that Rockefeller wasn’t an incredibly smart dude. So, while his politics may be vomitable, his care beliefs about success are, IMHO, definitely spot on:
- A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
- Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- Don’t blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive.
- Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
- I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.
- I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
- I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.
- If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
- If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.
- Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.
- The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.
- There is no other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.
- Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
- Thrift is essential to well-ordered living.
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