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May 17 comments
You know who you never hear Donald Trump talk about? His father. Trump Jr. always gives off the impression that he is a self-made man, didn’t need or get any help. The story seems to be that his father was a low level real estate guy, nothing big. The truth is Trump Sr. was a very wealthy, very successful commercial real estate developer. His estate was worth 400 million when he died. Trump Jr. would never have been able to achieve what he did without the start his father gave him.
This quote is by Sir Isaac Newton. There has never been a scientist (yes, including Einstein) who was a more brilliant genius over the course of his entire life. Nobody during his life could come close to competing with his intelligence and scientific discoveries. Yet, he says this. He says his genius existed simply because he climbed up on the shoulders of the scientists who came before him and looked out from there.
In leadership it is perfectly fine to take credit. It’s fine to know who you are and what you contribute. But if you are honest, you will acknowledge that some person, some company, some idea, some invention came before you did, without which, you never would have been able to achieve what you have.
It’s sometimes called humility. It is also called self-awareness. If you are to be a leader, you have to have that at the top of your toolbox of skills. You can’t use the rest of the tools effectively without it.
Quote by Sir Isaac Newton, 1643-1727, English scientist. The title ‘scientist’ does not adequately convey all that he did. I highly recommend reading up on him, he had one of the most amazing minds of his or any era.