Topmost10 outlines top 10 success lessons from Larry Ellison. Everyone fails in life, and failure can be a crushing experience. The only thing that separates successful people from the rest is how they respond after they fail.
When facing obstacles, you have to decide if you’re going to let them be the excuse for your failure or if you’re going to make them the story behind your success.
When you adopt the right attitude, failure is a great teacher. Failure interrupts your routine and gives you an opportunity to explore new solutions, but only if you have the right attitude.
Larry Ellison is 70, and has led a rich, fruitful and productive life and is no longer actively involved in the running of Oracle – a software company he founded in 1977 as young man who had been written off by virtually everyone he met, even by an ex-wife.
Oracle is today worth $186 billion in market capitalization and Ellison himself is worth $43.6 billion, which makes him the seventh richest man in the world.
Here are the 10 Success lessons from Larry Ellison – “Flamboyant Billionaire” for entrepreneurs,
10. Be generous
Larry Ellison has been called a closet philanthropist.
Unlike other billionaires such as Bill Gates, he doesn’t talk much about his philanthropic efforts, though he’s focused on medical research and green energy.
When he signed the Giving Pledge organized by Gates and Warren Buffet, Ellison revealed that he planned to give billions of dollars to charity.
9. Expect Professionalism
In the Silicon Valley, people normally wear jeans and T-shirts to work, some even come in shorts. But in Oracle, all programmers dress professionally and sharply in formal clothes. You know as soon as you step into an Oracle office that you are expected to be professional in your conduct – if not, that would be it for your future in the company.
8. Geeks can be bad boys, or superheros
If all of that were not enough, Larry Ellison is also the original “bad boy” geek, a daring adventurer who dates models, races fast vehicles on land, air and water, and has wound up in surgery for injuries from sports ranging from body surfing to mountain biking.
Ellison was said to be the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, the bad boy billionaire in the “Iron Man” movies, CNBC reports.