Recently, I was invited to a business roundtable discussion with Steve Forbes. He is endorsing a congressional candidate who is a lifelong, near and dear friend of mine.
Forbes has a long history of politics in the mix of his family’s business. There isn’t anyone in the business or investing world who hasn’t heard of Forbes Publications.
Not only do they rate some of the wealthiest folks and best businesses in the world, but they’re also publishers of digital and paperback magazines and co-authors of many novels.
Steve was an interesting guy to say the least, especially for someone so wealthy. He was as humble as they come, which for me is so important when it comes to earning my respect and admiration.
He was wearing a simple suit, non-designer shoes and no Rolex on his wrist. Just a plain gold wedding band on his left ring finger. He arrived in an average, non-luxury car.
Clearly, he was the wealthiest person in the room and at the entire event as the evening transpired. When he spoke, both privately and to the entire group, folks listened.
We talked about business, challenges that have been overcome and challenges that exist today along with those on the horizon. We did the same with politics, policies, mandates, energy independence and American history among so many other things.
It may have been one of the most interesting and intriguing hours of my life. After being so impressed with his humbleness, his intelligence was intoxicating. He was an untappable source of knowledge and inspiration.
For a gentleman who worked in the Reagan administration and ran for president both in the 1996 and 2000 races, this man had some real insight to so much.
He’s no spring chicken anymore, but what he has to share should be heard. He was completely with it. He was aware and interactive and not afraid to answer any question or respond to any comment thrown at him. His raw honesty was highly respectable.
Forbes believes, much like I do, that free market capitalism is key to the future of our country. It’s what our country was founded upon and what our country needs to live.
Our country is much like our body, it has amazing ways of healing itself if we just let it.
While his views were very balanced, he shared concerns about the path we are on as a country and as a society. The general consensus of the roundtable was simply to get back to our roots, let folks live with the freedoms that come with being an American.
Our country can heal itself if politics step aside and let the people of our great nation get back to work, keep more of what they earn and reinvest in themselves.
If you ever have an opportunity to meet Steve Forbes or go to an event where he’ll be speaking, I’d highly recommend it. You’ll be impressed and inspired by this man!
Rules to Live By
“People are the creators of prosperity. Without human ingenuity and innovation, we would still be living in caves and have a life expectancy of 25 years. More people, in an environment of freedom and free markets, means more prosperity.”
― Steve Forbes
Until next time, I wish you a beautiful and blessed day!
Yours In Trading Success,
Anthony Speciale Jr.