Alain de Botin gave a very good Ted Talk about success, particularly how it impacts Americans. Having grown up in Brooklyn, New York I always struggled with the incessant pressure to win and compete. It never motivated me, but always demotivated me. Alain’s description about how people are viewed as winners and losers, in America, was brilliant. His talk, made in July 2009, resonated with me because of my own personal experiences and the current US Presidential election.
Donald Trump campaigning and his success in the polls is a joy,(entertainment) and depressing. Trump has offered no concrete solutions, insulted many, has been against most progressive initiatives that help many and he is very proud of the fact that he fights very hard to pay as little taxes as possible. His tv show The Apprentice, which I really disliked, taught nothing of value. The focus was quick fix, short term, zero sum game, ego, winners and LOSERS, and no added value at all to the contestant or society. Trump is about “success”. It is about the ribbon cutting, ego, cash, and no fulfilment and WINNERS and LOSERS. Unfortunately, we all become the losers with winners like that.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Come to TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2015, November 19-20, in Zurich and meet the thought leaders of value.
I have known George Curuby for quite a long time. He was one of the few people who came from Japan for our inaugural launch of TBLI CONFERENCE in Rotterdam, in 1998. A quiet man who doesn’t push himself forward when everyone wants to be in the ribbon cutting photo. George never seeks to claim credit for great accomplishments or to pump up his ego. He just gets on with the work at hand. Theodore Roosevelt speech The Man in the Arena describes George.
George has always been extremely supportive of TBLI and our efforts. TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA 2011 was held in Tokyo. Due to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, most sponsors and guests pulled out. This created a huge problem for TBLI. George was the only one who came forward and helped TBLI making the Conference a success. His support for our work has continued to this day.
I was impressed with a recent revelation. He left Japan to move back to the USA to take care of his mother, as primary care giver. I will never forget his kindness, generosity or authenticity, and neither should you.
He is a true mensch. Thank you George.
TBLI in the Press
Thanks to Family Office Magazine for publishing this article in their South East Asia Edition.