We should all read Stephen Schwarzman’s (www.Blackstone.com) autobiography entitled, “What it Takes – Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence”.
A brilliant read about why hard work, constant education, and being process-driven is so critical to our success. Wisdom is a process that incorporates knowledge and experience. Even when we feel that failure is insurmountable, the lessons learned during the process can be applied to future success.
Here is a quote from the book that sums up everything that I would like to say but he puts so much more eloquently than me. Schwarzman wrote this as a high school senior to his fellow students after he was crushed when waitlisted at Harvard, and accepting his second choice, Yale. He would later attend Harvard Business School for his MBA.
“I believe that education is a discipline. The object of this discipline is to learn how to think. Once we have mastered this we can use it learn a vocation, appreciate art, or read a book. Education simply enables us to appreciate the ever-changing drama fashioned of God’s own hand, life itself. Education continues when we leave the classroom. Our associations with friends, our participation in clubs all increase our store of knowledge. In fact, we never stop learning until we die. My fellow officers and I just hope that you will become aware of the purpose of education and follow its basic tenets, questioning and thinking, for the rest of your life.”
Stephen, I couldn’t agree with you more. Thank you for sharing your life’s experiences with us.
Bryan Eric Wilson