25 Lessons Learned – Lesson 24

25 Lessons Learned

Mar 11
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Family is First.

A: This is Angelina Neglia and I’m here with Scott MacDonald, author of Saving Investa, How an Ex-Factory Worker Helped Save an Iconic Australian Company. In the book, Scott shares 25 lessons learned over his long and impressive career.

Today, lesson twenty-four is: Family IS first.

I can relate to this, but it is a challenge when you have a high-pressure job.

S: Yes, Angie, it’s not easy, but it’s important and it says you who you are and what your values are.

Over my career, I’ve usually been the first person to work. Even when I’m the CEO of a company, I’m the guy that gets there and turns on the light and makes the coffee. But then, I’m also one of the first people to leave, and this has been true way before I was ever a CEO, even when I was just starting out in my career, because it was important for me to get home, have dinner with my family, and give my wife some relief with the kids. So, you just have to make time. It hasn’t hurt my career.

One of my better friends is a New York investment banker. Like me, he was one of the first people to leave work every day through his forty-year career, and he’s one of the top bankers in New York. So, take care of your family, and you won’t be sacrificing your work.

A: So, if your partner doesn’t get home in time for dinner, give him or her a copy of Saving Investa.

Check out all “25 Lessons Learned”.


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