my search for John Galt …
Yesterday, I interviewed a broker who we are head hunting from an IFA in Dubai to join our Naru Capital. team. (I do all the final interviews for Naru)
From his CV, and the references whom Fabien had spoken to personally, I knew before the meeting that the recruit is sharp and good at what he does – the main reasons why I want him on my team.
Within a few minutes of our meeting, he said “Scott, I am very good at what I do, and I am especially very good at closing deals.”
I looked at Robin who was also in the meeting, and I smiled and asked Robin if he thought Larry Ellison told people he was a good business man?
The interviewee looked at us bewildered and obviously, didn’t understand my question.
I reiterated my point by asking him directly, if he thought Larry Ellison told people that he was a good business man.
And then I explained, there is no reason to tell people how good you are at something, just let your results speak for you, and I reminded him that I knew his results and that’s why I wanted to meet him – because of his results.
(I understand it was an interview, so the guy was trying to sell himself to me – but since I was the one head hunting him, he knew I knew his abilities, thus he didn’t need to tell or sell me)
Think about it next time you are boasting, or selling yourself to someone or trying to act cool in front of some good looking woman (or man)
Don’t talk about how good you are at something.
Words mean nothing.
Let your actions and results speak for you.
I know…I know…I know…
all this is so easy to say, especially, in this world we live in today – a world where most people feel the need to constantly show everyone on facebook how happy and successful they are today…
But for the people who are reading this with an open mind, and are good at what they do (or aspiring to be good at what they do), think it about for a second.
Warren Buffett doesn’t need to tell anyone he is a good business man.… Read more
“……..I shall be telling this with a sigh… somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
The main purpose of this blog is to communicate with my employees, leaders at naseba, future employees, my clients, and future clients– at the same time helping me stay focused on my climb.
The photo gallery includes pictures of my different travels and adventures — this section will be updated with more pictures and videos as I travel.
I am posting the pictures of myself in exotic locations to show the readers, esp. the readers in America that the world is much different to what we see on CNN.
Pictures of my travels throughout the Middle East and Africa will hopefully inspire the reader to not let the misinformation in the media prevent you from experiencing the world.
We want the blog to become more interactive, however, we will not post comments which add no value to the discussion, even if the comment is very positive about the blog or me personally.
Please give your input or comment to the discussions, but ensure your comment adds something to the discussion.
Unlike other CEO blogs where the communications or marketing team writes the blog entries for the CEO, I write each entry myself. I travel often so sometimes there might be a few days between entries.
I write only when I have something to add to the discussion.
To keep the blog as focused as possible, I do not discuss or post blogs and pictures about my family.
Lastly, the main purpose of my blog is to manage myself.
If I am going to blog about staying positive – I must stay positive myself.
If I am going to blog about making life happen – I must make my life happen.
However, as loyal readers have noticed, I am also fighting against dishonesty, misinformation, mediocrity, and negativity, all which seem to be sweeping across the world like an uncontrollable virus.
I guess you can say….
I am searching for John Galt.
C. Scott Ragsdale,
Scott Ragsdale was born in 1971 and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska attended high school at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with BA in Political Science in 1995.
At the University of California in 1994, Scott was elected President of the Berkeley College Republicans. During his Presidency the club grew to the 2nd largest College Republican club in America.
Prior to co-founding naseba in 2002, he worked as a General Manager for a global business information company in seven different international cities: Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Monaco, Barcelona and London.
Scott has 15+ years of international management experience and has developed, managed and trained employees from more than 50 nationalities.
He lived in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo, Japan for 5 years and passed the highest level on the Japanese proficiency exam (1 kyu).
Scott is a two-time Ironman finisher, has run more than 20 marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and successfully completed Marathon des Sables – a 7 day race across the Sahara desert in Morocco, considered to be the most difficult foot race in the world.
In 2010, Scott swam across the English Channel.
In 2011, he completed naseba7, 7 Ironman triathlons in 7 consecutive days across the 7 Emirates of the UAE.
He is an avid collector of Cuban cigars and boasts one of the largest personal collections in the world.
Scott has lived outside of America since 1994; living for significant periods of time in 9 countries; has travelled to more than 100 countries and speaks French and Japanese.
He currently lives with his family in Dubai.