Mar 31, 2010

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919) helped build the formidable American steel industry, a process that turned an impoverished young Scottish immigrant into one of the richest entrepreneurs of his times. Later in his life, Carnegie sold his steel business and gave his fortune away to cultural, educational and scientific institutions. It is not recorded whether Carnegie studied any sort of pugilism but some of his thoughts are congruent with martial arts philosophies.

The amassing of wealth is one of the worse species of idolatry.
No idol is more debasing than the worship of money. 

Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.
It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.

And here is the prime condition of success, the great secret: concentrate your energy, thought, and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun in one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it; adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it.

‡ Carnegie wrote this in his younger days before he became immensely rich. Did he eventually contradict his own advice? Perhaps not, this precept could even be one of the basis of his success - Carnegie could tell the difference between the tool and the objective.

[Source: Wikipedia, PBSWow4U, EvanCarmichael. Image: CMU]

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