Happy Birthday, Byron

Wall Street living legend Byron Wein recently turned 80 years old and wrote up a list of 12 things he’s learned in his time.

Byron’s list-making alacrity needs not be stated for those who’ve been in the game for awhile – his annual Surprises rundown is a tradition known around the world.

Of all Byron’s lessons, I think this one is the most apropos for re-posting here – both as a reminder to myself and an admonition to my younger readers…

8. Younger people are naturally insecure and tend to overplay their accomplishments.  Most people don’t become comfortable with who they are until they’re in their 40’s.  By that time they can underplay their achievements and become a nicer more likeable person.  Try to get to that point as soon as you can.

OK, go over and read the rest, maybe print them out too.


Blackstone’s Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years (Blackstone Blog)

Also, ICYMI – Byron’s 2013 Surprises list from January



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