“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”—Confucius
W. Randall Jones

Joan Rivers Is So Rich . . .

Posted By on January 28, 2010

. . . and there is no punch line. The 76-year-old queen of comedy is the richest woman I know in all the ways that truly count. Let’s count a few of them. She lives like Marie Antoinette, only better, because her opulent apartment is in Manhattan and yeah, she’s still living. She is a completely devoted mother and doting grandmother. She is the hardest-working woman in show business. She’s a jewelry designer and CEO. No one can keep up with her pace. And this week this rich funny lady is the subject of a new documentary debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, fittingly titled Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. She is just that and so much more.

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Who’s Richer?

Posted By on January 8, 2010

The ultra-affluent folks featured are not only the self-made wealthy I write about in The Richest Man in Town, but plenty of them are featured in this entertaining (and highly addictive) game:


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Let Nothing You Dismay

Posted By on December 16, 2009

Fear is a useful thing. In an article in the New York Times Magazine a couple of months ago, Robin Marantz Henig described current research exploring the complex links between temperament and the brain. It was a fascinating article, but what struck me is that the more we learn about the psychology of fear, it seems like we become less able to predict how it will affect any given individual.

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Can You Keep a Secret?

Posted By on November 4, 2009

As you have read in previous posts, RMITs are not believers in long-term planning. America’s big successes got where they are by incremental improvement and strong, careful execution, but they didn’t get there by deciding at the outset how they would hit a $2.5 million profit target or achieve a 72 percent market share. They followed their perfect pitch, always moving forward while remaining flexible enough to adapt to change and to take advantage of opportunities. As Dan Duncan, Houston’s RMIT, told me, “Daily incremental improvement is the surest path to great success and a great fortune.” As I found out as I was researching The Richest Man in Town, however, for all that they cautioned against too much goal-setting, many RMITs have a secret.

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