Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
He will win whose Army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
He will win who prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
You don’t have to start early to become the richest man in the world. Mori was an economics professor until he left academia at age 55 to become a real estate investor in 1959.
Mori started his second career by investing in the Minato ward where he spent his childhood, and within a matter of years he was presiding over Japan’s real estate boom.
When Mori died in 1993, he was Forbes’ two-time reigning world’s richest man with a net worth of around $13 billion. He was something of a Japanese precursor to Warren Buffett, though. Mori never seemed totally comfortable with the fame and fortune his second career won him. He dressed traditionally, abstained from alcohol, and lived a fairly modest life.
To win the respect of intelligent persons
The affection of children
To earn the approbation of honest citizens
And endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To give of one’s self
To leave the world a bit better
To have played with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived
This is to have succeeded.
-Bessie Anderson Stanley