Gordon Dean was an American lawyer and prosecutor, he had a very distinguished career in Washington working in the Justice Department and one of the original commissioners of Atomic Energy. An unlikely candidate to give Entrepreneur’s advice.
Sadly his untimely death in a plane crash in 1958, there was a found amongst his personal effects on the back of an envelope the following lessons:-
- Never lose your capacity for enthusiasm.
- Never lose your capacity for indignation.
- Never judge people. Don’t type them too quickly. But in a pinch, never first assume that a man is bad; first assume that he is good and that, at worst, he is in the gray area between bad and good.
- Never be impressed by wealth alone or thrown by poverty.
- If you can’t be generous when it’s hard to be, you won’t be when it’s easy.
- The greatest builder of confidence is the ability to do something–almost anything–well.
- When confidence comes, then strive for humility; you aren’t as good as all that.
- The way to become truly useful is to seek the best that other brains have to offer. Use them to supplement your own, and be prepared to give credit to them when they have helped.
- The greatest tragedies in the world and personal events stem from misunderstandings. So communicate!
Lessons for life not just for Entrepreneurs!!
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