Kindness and Morals Get You Far: A Charles Koch Story

Most believe that money is the route of all evil. However, money itself is not evil, but depending on how a person chooses to use their money, their efforts can be positive or their efforts could hold negative consequences for both them and society. Charles Koch is one of the richest men in the world, but emphasizes living a humble lifestyle. Intent on living by the words of his late father that he left in a letter, Koch owes his success to the writing of his dad and the lessons he instilled in the man while growing up.

The author of “Good Profit” recorded himself discussing the lessons from his father for ABC News. Framed in his office, the letter left behind states that upon turning twenty-one, Koch was to receive a large sum of money. Stating that this money could either be a curse or a blessing, his father heavily exclaimed his wish that any of his sons not become country club dwellers living a frivolous, selfish lifestyle. Outlining the route he wished for Koch along with his brothers to take with the money, the letter is a reference point for all of Charles’ business and political endeavors.

In the video, Charles Koch described how a large sum of money should be invested, used to develop your skills, and contributed back to society. Discussing how his father had instilled hard work in the boys growing up, he stated that his father was particularly hard on him. When he asked his father why, a simple reply was given: “Son, you plumb wore me out.” Further stating that his father would be mortified by the feud that sent Charles and his siblings in different directions, the viewers got to see a softer side of the businessman.

Born on November 1, 1935, Charles was taught hard work from day one of his life. The CEO of Koch Industries is knowledgeable in the oil industry, pollution control, politics, and more. The Kansas native obtained degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was also a member of Beta Theta Pi. Raised to be modest, giving, and to never sacrifice hard work for a cheap thrill, Charles is a philanthropist first, and a businessman second. If the public can learn anything from Charles and his family, it is that being kind can get you not only somewhere, but anywhere.

Additional Links:

http://www.marketplace.org/2015/10/21/business/corner-office/full-interview-charles-koch

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/25/new-koch

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