T. Boone Pickens is a 80 year old billionaire still fighting ahead. He has learned from his success's and failures and continues to capitalize on both the lessons.
Here are Quotes from Pickens on his Work Ethic.
Make The Call:
"Sometimes the window of opportunity is open only briefly. Waiting is
not a decision, although many people think it is. Be willing to make
decisions. Thats the most important quality in a good leader. Don't Fall
victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be
willing to fire."
Take a Long View:
"To make the big money, I've found it best to take a long-term view,
stay focused and not get spooked by the temporary fluctuations in the
market. When I have the odds in my favor, I put my money up and keep it
up. If the fundamentals change, I get the hell out of there"
Be Accessible:" The best way to sidestep the disasters is to be available.
"Information is everything. You can never have enough, and as you get
older you find that keeping current keeps you in the game."
Learn from Mistakes: "It's all right to get your fingers crushed in the door, but don't let the same door crush them twice."
Keep Priorities Straight:
"Far too many executives have become more concerned with the four P's-
pay,perks,power,and prestige- rather than making profits for
Hire Good People: "What I am always looking for is people who can do a job better than I can."
Balance it out:"Work eight hours and sleep eight hours, and make sure that they are not the same eight hours."
Forget about Age: "Give young people a chance."
Look on the Bright Side:
"I told a friend, This is the kind of market that builds character. He
looked at me and said, If it gets any worse, you'll have more character
than Abe Lincoln."
Have a Plan:"A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan."
Original source: http://www.napoleonhillslaw.com/2008_10_01_archive.html