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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Businessman
Nation: American
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If we are all in agreement on the decision - then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about.

Tags: Decision, Give, Time

There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different.

Tags: Ambition, Courage, Individual

Bedside manners are no substitute for the right diagnosis.

Tags: Diagnosis, Manners, Substitute

If you do it right 51 percent of the time you will end up a hero.

Tags: End, Hero, Time

A car for every purse and purpose.

Tags: Car, Purpose, Purse

Competition is the final price determinant and competitive prices may result in profits which force you to accept a rate of return less than you hoped for, or for that matter to accept temporary losses.

Tags: Accept, Matter, May

The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create, to construct, to develop something useful. Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creative spirit. It is that spirit that creates our jobs.

Tags: Greatest, Life, Real

I grew up in an environment of jokes and sarcasm and puns. I talk that way, so I write that way.

Tags: Jokes, Talk, Write

Go for the gold: better one great column and some undistinguished ones than constant mediocrity.

Tags: Gold, Great, Mediocrity

People are treating the Stewart case as seriously as Enron when it's really over trivia.

Tags: Seriously, Treating, Trivia

Report, report, report. Dig, dig, dig. Think, think, think. Don't stop being a reporter because you've become a columnist.

Tags: Become, Dig, Stop

Teamwork is better than isolation, especially for a columnist.

Tags: Columnist, Isolation, Teamwork

Don't commit to being a columnist unless you're willing to do it right. Report your behind off, so you have something original and useful to say. Say it in a way that will interest someone other than you, your family and your sources.

Tags: Family, Off, Someone

I wanted to be a columnist so badly that I took a huge pay cut to leave Forbes, which wouldn't give me a column, and join Newsday, which wanted my column for its Sunday business section.

Tags: Business, Give, Sunday

I've spent my career trying to help people without connections understand what's going on so that they have a chance of getting a fair shake from the connected and the powerful.

Tags: Career, Help, Powerful

If the government decides to put your life under a microscope, do you think it won't find something? I suspect there's not an adult in the country who would walk away totally unscathed if every aspect of his or her life were investigated the way Stewart's ImClone trading was.

Tags: Country, Government, Life

It's easy to write a good column if you've got good information. It's hard if you have to depend on style alone. I suppose there are people who can get away with styling on a regular basis. I'm not one of them. You're probably not, either.

Tags: Alone, Good, Hard

The column's worked out great for me. I've gotten a ton of ego satisfaction, had a lot of fun, won a batch of prizes and occasionally done some public good.

Tags: Fun, Good, Great

The lesson that any thinking person draws from the Stewart saga is that when the government asks questions, run for your lawyer and don't say a word. Had Stewart kept her mouth shut, she'd be OK.

Tags: Government, Her, Thinking

When I started writing a business column 15 years ago, I knew I'd found the perfect job for myself. As a columnist I could pick my own topic, do my own analysis, say what I wanted to say and attribute it to myself. Best of all, I could write in my own voice.

Tags: Best, Business, Job
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