My good friend Roger Norton
recently wrote a thought provoking blog post describing some of the lessons he had learned from billionaires.
During years of working in the super yacht industry, Roger spent a large amount of one on one time with his various bosses (the yacht owners), all of whom were members of the richest club on Earth. I remember hearing a lot of inspiring, interesting, and sometimes downright wacky stories from him on this topic.
In his post he shares some of the conclusions he made about the mega-wealthy, based on his observations. These include:1. You can become a billionaire in any area.
The professional range and disciplines of Roger’s bosses varied wildly, from financial traders to fishing tycoons.2. Anyone can be a billionaire.
The social circumstances from which the individuals came from mattered far less than their willingness to pursue to their ambitions. 3. It take a certain type of person.
A certain mindset or way of thinking was common among them, exemplified by tenacity and critical thinking. 4. Having loads of money doesn’t change you, it just lets you be more you.
Money is simply the ultimate enabler.
5. All rich people have enemies. I’m not convinced that this applies to everyone, but Roger did notice a certain paranoia among several of his bosses.