I had lunch with my delightful friend, futurist, writer, and business wizard Watts Wacker, CEO of FirstMatter, over the holidays. Our talk eventually turned to what’s happening in business and what makes for a happy, fulfilling business life. He strongly recommended I swing by Rockefeller Center before I went to my next meeting and look at the emblazoned words of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. recorded there.
I did. Here’s what was written there. I can’t think of a better note on which to enter the new business year. Happy New Year!
“I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe that every right implies a responsibility, every opportunity, an obligation; every possession a duty.
I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.
I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living and that economy is a prime request of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.
I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character, not wealth or power or position, is of supreme
I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed
and the greatness of the human soul set free.
I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual’s highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness
are to be found in living in harmony with His will.
I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.”
Thank you, John.