425 - David Rubenstein: The Importance of Having a Good 2nd and 3rd Life (Lessons From The Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group)


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I got nervous because David Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chariman of The Carlyle Group, which is the biggest private equity firm maybe in the world. They own hundreds of companies and have $200 billion in assets. He's also the chairman of a lot of other things: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Smithsonian and he also has his on show, "The David Rubenstein show," where he's interviewed so many brilliant people. His success could be intimating. But he doesn't want it to be. He said, "I'm 69. I didn't start Carlye until I was 37. Maybe people find what they love earlier. I found out later I life." Then he walked me through this. He told me how he stumbled into his new love for philanthropy and the careers he experimented with early on his life and how he learned how to develop new skills at different stages of his career (like motivation and persuasion.) David says this is all part of his third life. That's what this episode is about. The importance of having a good second and third life.

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