Lessons From A Turkish Tycoon
Stories as Mr. Munger would say are a great way to learn about the world. Here’s a pretty interesting business story from Turkey.
Article Introduction (Via NYT)
ISHAK ALATON, a prominent member of Turkey’s tiny Jewish community, has a secret to living more intensely: He built his house next to a cemetery. “You remember every day that you’re going to end up there,” he said.
Mr. Alaton is 81 and one of Turkey’s leading businessmen. He started with heating systems in the 1950s and expanded into construction, gyms and resorts. He has built roads in Kazakhstan, airports in Uzbekistan and a hospital in Moscow. But now he is applying his energies to improving Turkish society.
Additional Article Excerpts (Via NYT)
He also got some advice he never forgot from the father of a girlfriend at the time. “I know you will be successful,” he recalled the man saying. “But don’t let your money muzzle you or stop you from expressing your thoughts.”…