“Life is a game which gives you the opportunity to unleash your potential”
If you can be healthy, then you should be healthy. If you can be kind, then you should be kind. If you can be rich, then you should be rich.
Ever heard of Andrew Carnegie? I am sure you must have heard of Laxmi Niwas Mittal (LNM) who is the Chairman of Arcelor Mittal. LNM is sometimes reffered as ‘the Carnegie’ from Kolkatta. So who was ‘Mr. Carnegie’?
Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, in a typical weaver’s cottage with only one main room, consisting of half the ground floor which was shared with the neighboring weaver’s family. The main room served as a living room, dining room and bedroom. His first job at age 13 in 1848 was as a bobbin boy, changing spools of thread in a cotton mill 12 hours a day, 6 days a week in a Pittsburgh cotton factory. His starting wage was $1.20 per week. Andrew’s father, William Carnegie, started off working in a cotton mill but then would earn money weaving and peddling linens. His mother, Margaret Morrison Carnegie, earned money by binding shoes.
By the year 1900, he had created and sold his steel empire for about ~400 million USD. He believed that a man who dies rich is a disgrace to the society. His life motto was-
“I will spend the first half of my life creating wealth and will spend the remaining half giving it all away”
He gave away more than 90% of his wealth to charities, built close to 2500+ libraries all over US, Canada and UK.
Thus we can all learn a lot of lessons from him:
- Get started as early as possible
- Work hard with a single minded determination
- Get as rich as possible through honest means
- Use your wealth as an opportunity to serve