As a student of business, sales, and personal development history, I will be sharing some ideas from people who have had an extreme impact on my thinking and philosophy. The first in the series is Bertie Charles Forbes (May 14, 1880 – May 6, 1954). He was a Scottish financial journalist and author who founded Forbes Magazine.
B.C. Forbes was born in New Deer, Aberdeenshire. After studying at University of Dundee, in 1897 Forbes worked as a reporter and editorial writer with a local Dundee newspaper until 1901 when he moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, and founded the Rand Daily Mail. He emigrated to New York City in 1904 where he was employed as a writer and financial editor at the Journal of Commerce before joining the Hearst chain of newspapers as a syndicated columnist in 1911. Forbes left Hearst after two years to become the business and financial editor at the New York American where he remained until 1916.
He founded Forbes magazine in 1917, and acted as editor-in-chief until his death in 1954. Forbes published a number of books that contained his thoughts in the form of epigrams (short sayings or quotes).
Here are several of the more provocative – and keep in mind that most of them were written 75 years ago. It’s amazing to me how simple truths can endure time:
WOW! No wonder B.C. Forbes was such a huge financial success. And the magazine he founded lives on, 90 years later.
I love reading what successful people think or thought. Not necessarily “how they did it,” rather what their thoughts and ideas were. What their observations and lessons were. And how they grew.
CHALLENGE: Take an hour or two to write YOUR thoughts. Document your thinking and philosophy. Your ideas and lessons. You never know who you might impact 75 years from now.
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Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of The Little Red Book of Selling. President of Charlotte-based Buy Gitomer, he gives seminars, runs annual sales meetings, and conducts Internet training programs on selling and customer service at www.trainone.com. He can be reached at 704/333-1112 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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