Business Lessons from Oprah Winfrey — 25iq

Writing a blog posts about Oprah Winfrey is intimidating since she is such an influential and inspiring person. Including a short biography to start this post seems almost pointless since I can’t imagine anyone reading this who does not know her story. It is possible that not everyone knows everything about her abilities as a…

via Business Lessons from Oprah Winfrey — 25iq

Another good read by Tren (I can call him Tren because technically we worked together at Microsoft and I believe we communicated via an email one time… almost besties). Read the whole thing. But two things stood out for me:

7. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

Find the people who have your back regardless. Because in the end they will have your back. Things are always easy when the good times are flowing – so much harder when under duress.

8. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know if you did it or not.”

Warren Buffet believes: “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy.

The only thing I would add to Oprah and Buffet’s line would be perhaps curiosity – the need or desire to explore and make things better. The Amazon Leadership Principle is “invent & simplify” perhaps but it is so important to recognize that wanting to learn, explore, and challenge “that’s the way we’ve always done it” is the only way to get better at anything.

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