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The late 1800’s were famous for capitalism where one man can accumulate a large sum of money worth multiple hundred million dollars, and equivalent to a billion dollars today. Before we have the modern innovators of today like Mark Zuckerburg of FaceBook, Bill Gates of Microsoft and Richard Branson of Virgin Corporation, American society back then were struggling after the civil war, they don’t have any source of light in the evening no electricity yet during that time. When the Sun is down, night is the king. A man saw an opportunity to redefine the existing industry. Here are the characteristics of a man who will help you move radically, achieve your greatest potential and push you to the limits. These will focus on social behavior of big people that will help you to become bigger someday.
Incredible work ethic – J.D. Rockefeller came from a very poor family in Ohio; his dad was known con man and also known as a Devil Bill. His dad never supported them and on a mission trying to cheat a lot of people every day to get access to their money. However, historian says that J.D. Rockefeller needed to quit school and supported his siblings and mom. Stuck in a dead end job, he saw that oil will be the next industry and quit to take chance. He worked his way up from a rank and file employee to a businessman who can compete and eat other existing business thru his excellent thinking and aggressive approach towards making the opportunity happens.
He wants to outwit the competition – I don’t know with you but other people got this feeling of pleasure whenever they outsmart, outwit, and outlast the competition. He loved winning more than ever. He killed the competition. Achieving greatness means letting go of your existing belief system and grab that opportunity to create more value to the market. Rockefeller got the 90% share of US Oil market and that had never happened before. His company was considered to be the first monopoly.
Collaborate with people who are smarter than him – Steve Jobs once said that you should hire smart people to work for you; I think he got that from Rockefeller. There are many refineries during his time and it’s really risky for him to invest more but what separates him from the rest was his love for efficiency. Massive oil flakes was being wasted so he teamed up with a scientist that can make the kerosene a lot safer. He is already ahead of the game while other are doing the same thing all over again and again.
Create his way – Successful people don’t wait for the opportunity to come. Their dreams are not going to be handed to them in a silver platter saying that’s your dream manifested. When his rival millionaire, Thom Scott and Vanderbilt discontinue the service that Rockefellers company is providing to the train, he treated it as a sign of war, Now if he’s not going to think differently he will be bankrupt, that’s when laying of pipelines was the only thing he can do, it will put the railroad business out from his oil industry and can get a massive control. After couple of years he was able to do it.
Future Oriented – His tragic life as a kid, a broken family, and the success before never hindered him to play the game of business. He didn’t define his future with his past but he let that to be his motivation to get to the top. He let those refined him like oil being transformed to create more value to a simple household.
Philanthropy – He became a millionaire and owned almost all the gas stations in America but he remembered that life is not all about accumulating money. He figured too that materialism is the root of all anxiety but giving will ease everything, he and his rival millionaire Andrew Carnegie started to give all their massive wealth to the world till the end of their lives.
D David Isaiah Angway is a RFP and a financial consultant for IT-BPO-Banking, HealthCare Industry and Manpower Agencies. He is a conference speaker and was featured in ANC On the money, Bloomberg TV Philippines. He is also columnist at BusinessMirror, Rappler, and MoneySense magazine. He is a licensed nurse and a former Senior Fraud Specialist of the largest bank in the world, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
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