The 100-Year Life Lessons…


On March 19, 2015, I shared a 2006 article written by 90-year-old Regina Brett for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio. To this day, it’s one of my favorites to read.

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.  My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more,” she noted.

Today, I just came across a new one that I’ve really been enjoying.

David Rockefeller – the world’s oldest billionaire – shares his 25 life lessons at the age of 100. I must have read this Forbes article twice over the last couple of days…

Here are a few of my favorites from it.

Get out of the office: “I called on bank customers in 42 of the 50 states…ate approximately ten thousand business meals (more if you count the ones that I consumed in New York), and participated in thousands of customer calls and client meetings.”

Becoming a father provides new perspective on your own: “Having become a father myself and learned of my own inadequacies in that role, I became more sympathetic to my father’s idiosyncrasies and limitations. You do the best you can.”

Standby your family: “Grandfather and his partners were tough competitors, but they were guilty of no more than the common business practices of their day.”

No, really: Standby your family: “It wasn’t that common for me to become publicly involved in Nelson’s campaigns, but when he came to my territory, I felt a brotherly obligation to appear with him.”

Though, family can surprise the most: “When we first heard about Nelson’s affair with Happy, we were shocked. It often happens that those who are closet are the last to find out.”