Robert L. Johnson is an American success story by any measure. Born in Mississippi and raised in Middle America, Johnson made a name for himself in the nation's capitol and ascended to the heights of big city capitalism on his own terms.
There are thousands of tiny shortcuts that our brains take, but with the right practice we can train ourselves to think slowly and avoid these mental misjudgments. In particular, successful people often develop their own simple strategies.
If today's rich have shown unusual talent, it's mostly been a talent for rigging the rules in their own favor. So let's take a quick look at ten billionaires and some things they probably don't want you to know about them.
Bloomberg's daily identification of the top billionaires could reinforce a trend where these individuals, and many others, allocate a growing portion of their wealth in a manner that helps society as a whole.
Most of us want to be physically fit, but very few of us are. The same holds true with financial security. As my father (and many others) used to say, "A lot of people want to go to heaven but no one wants to die to get there."