By Lucinda Watson
Pearls of knowledge from How They Achieved"Pride comes from understanding what you need to do and attempting your most sensible. you could no longer continually get there, yet you'll be happy with the adventure of making an attempt your most sensible. And if you happen to rather, rather attempt to benefit from the approach, 9 occasions out of ten you'll get there."--John Chen, President and CEO, Sybase"Be the main passionate man within the room. now not the neatest, now not the cleverest, however the such a lot passionate. Care greater than anyone. you can be the fellow that wins."--Ted Bell, vp and world wide inventive Director, younger & Rubicam"People who're fortunate sufficient to be capable of decide upon their occupation should still ask themselves, 'What pursuits me? What makes me fairly excited?' Then they need to get going and not take no for an answer."--Susie Tompkins Buell, founder and previous proprietor, Esprit Clothing"People frequently plan their vacation trips extra rigorously than they plan their careers. i am a compulsive planner, yet there have been instances whilst I had no concept what i used to be doing."--Bob Cohn, CEO, Octel and Lucent Technologies"A lot of it's timing, yet loads of it's a wish to work flat out and to give a contribution, not to be a person sitting at the sidelines and commenting, yet to be an individual taking part in an element in what is taking place. it is also having the braveness to toss your principles out although 8 out of ten of them could be shot down."--Jane Cahill Pfieffer, President, NBC, and previous vp, IBM
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Qxd 1/31/01 2:08 PM Page 47 WILKES BASHFORD Owner, Wilkes Bashford Retail Clothier I’ve known Wilkes Bashford ever since I arrived in San Francisco 23 years ago. Wilkes has a Peter Pan–like appearance. He looks younger than his years, with a boyish smile and hair without a touch of gray. ” I laughed because he was right. People always told me that, but I liked my long hair that provided me a layer of protection against the world and gave me something to play with in meetings. Every time I see Wilkes after our first meeting, he always mentions my hair.
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She is also a trustee of the University of Notre Dame, the Overseas Development Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Conference Board, and the Economic Club. Jane was the first woman I heard my father talk about in connection with his business. When I heard her name, I was surprised one of my father’s close advisers was a woman. Not unlike other men of his generation, he was somewhat chauvinistic, and I believed this naturally carried over into business. Nevertheless, I was to hear Jane’s name many times in the following years, as she became one of my father’s closest and most respected advisers.
How They Achieved: Stories of Personal Achievement and Business Success by Lucinda Watson