12 Rules for Work and Life

Stephen Schwarzman is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms. Mr. Schwarzman’s net worth ranks him one of the wealthiest individuals in the world.

In Mr. Schwarzman’s recently-released book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, he lists 25 Rules for Work and Life. A selection of his rules are listed below.   

  • The best executives are made, not born. They never stop learning.
  • There is nothing more interesting to people than their own problems. Try to come up with ideas to help them.
  • Information is the most important asset in business.
  • When presenting yourself, remember that impressions matter. Be on time. Be authentic. Be prepared.
  • No one person, however smart, can solve every problem. But an army of smart people talking openly with one another will.
  • Never deviate from your sense of right and wrong. Your integrity must be unquestionable.
  • Always do what you say you will, and never mislead anyone for your own advantage.
  • Never get complacent. Nothing is forever.
  • Sales rarely get made on the first pitch. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want.
  • Don’t lose money! Objectively assess the risks of every opportunity.
  • Make decisions when you are ready, not under pressure.
  • A random act of kindness in someone’s time of need can change the course of a life.

These are great rules to adopt and live by.

If we employ these “Rules for Work and Life” we can improve our work life and our personal/home life.

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