An Art To Living

Redwood Big

Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton Hotels knows both poverty and glamour. Hilton grew up in New Mexico in the same primitive adobe that housed his father’s general store. Later he married and divorced Zsa Zsa Gabor and become the proud owner of the Waldorf-Astoria.

After attending the New Mexico School of Mines for two years and serving in the army during World War I, Hilton desperately wanted to be an independent banker. An old friend advised him to seek his fortune in Texas, because where there’s oil, there’s action.

When Hilton tried to find a hotel bed his first night in Texas, he couldn’t and he knew immediately what to buy – not a bank, but a hotel. Hilton was always a big dreamer who refused to cling to the past, this is one of the elements his lists in his art for living.

Be Big, Think Big, Act Big, Dream Big

Your value is determined by the mold you yourself make. It doesn’t take any more energy to expect to be the best housewife, the finest cook, or the most capable carpenter.

It has been my experience that the way most people court failure is by misjudging their abilities, belittling their worth and value.

Did you ever think what can happen to a plain bar of iron, worth about $5.00? The same iron when made into horseshoes is worth $10.50. If made into needles, it is worth $3,250, and if turned into balance springs for watches its value jumps to $250,000.

The same is true of another kind of material – You! ~ Conrad Hilton

If you enjoyed this weeks posts on Big Business Legends, you might want to check out the link below. This little book has dozens of great stories of those who have made their mark in the business world.

The Little Book of Business Wisdom

8 thoughts on “An Art To Living

  1. What we think of ourselves is what we are. I agree Tina. Too often we are better at recognizing the value of other people’s contributions, but we don’t give ourselves the same credit. The lessons in humility our parents taught us worked a little too well!!


  2. Brilliant reframe. I always think of Muhammed Ali’s view on this – when asked what would he have been if not a boxer he replied: ‘The Best!’ He meant no matter what he would have been, he would have been the best at it. That’s an attitude for success!


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