Even as what you have may come and go, who you are – your character – will endure.
Highlighting a few Excellence Principles from Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John C Bogle
We focus too much on things and not enough on the intangibles that make this worthwhile; too much on success and not enough on character, without which success is meaningless.
The institution must be the object of intense human care and cultivation. Even when it errs and stumbles, it must be cared for, and the burden must be borne by all who work for it, all who own it, all who are served by it, all who govern it. Every responsible person must care, and care deeply, about the institutions that touch his life.
Woodrow Wilson said it perhaps even more eloquently: The treasury of America does not lie int he brains of the small body of men now in control of the great enterprises… It depends upon the inventions, upon the originations, upon the ambitions of unknown men and women. Every country is renewed out of the ranks of the unknown, no out of the ranks of the already famous and powerful in control.
I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man