David Rubenstein on Building a Business and Giving Back
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David Rubenstein, the co-founder of the Carlyle Group and author of his newest book “How to Invest”, is one of the world's most accomplished individuals. But the root of who he is starts with his humble upbringing as the only child of two blue-collar parents in Baltimore. His aspirations were not to become wealthy but to work hard and make something of himself. Listen to David's invaluable lessons learned on his journey from aspiring lawyer to founding a financial firm with billions under management to finding joy in philanthropy.

As a child, David's parents gave him unconditional support. They believed in the American dream–that you can work hard and make something of yourself. While he never saw himself as a brilliant scholar, David did have a curious mind that he nurtured with lots of reading. That background set the stage for his success as he navigated through law school and landed an advisory position in the White House.

David shares some challenges he faced early on and how failures shaped decision-making. When President Carter lost the election, David found himself out of a job and floundering as a lawyer. Hear how he bucked conventions to start a leveraged buyout company in Washington, DC. Along the way, David rethought his definition of success and leaned into the joy of giving to others.

Finally, entrepreneurs and investors will appreciate his insights for success. David breaks down four essential traits with examples from his latest book due out this September.

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