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PofE 021: Andrew Carnegie’s Secret of Success: Never Stop Learning

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"Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness: on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming at something else, they find happiness by the way." John Stuart Mill

English: A post-concert photo of the main hall...English: A post-concert photo of the main hall's stage inside of Carnegie Hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


His Challenges

  • Born in Dunfermline, Scotland on November 25, 1835.
  • His family and their neighbors lived together in a one-main-room house.
  • Was educated about Scottish heroes by his uncle.
  • In 1848, the Carnegies moved to Alleghany, PA in search of a better life.
  • At the age of 13, his first job was as a bobbin boy 12 hours a day, 6 days a week at a cotton factory. He earned $1.20 per week.
  • Urged by his uncle in 1850, Carnegie became a telegraph messenger boy for the Pittsburgh Office of the Ohio Telegraph Company, receiving $2.50 per week.