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Donna Shirley

Mars Exploration Program

What I was not cut out to do was to spend full time with a very small child. I mean, it wasn't that I didn't love her and all that, but I just had been in an adult world with a lot of stimulation and a lot of mental stimulation for so long that I couldn't make the transition. I stayed home for six weeks and nearly went bananas just taking care of this little child. And so, it was really much better for me to have someone who really likes taking care of small children. I mean, I like small children, but not all the time. And so, it just worked out better. I mean, I think if I hadn't gone back to work I would have been resentful and probably a terrible mother.
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Donna Shirley

Mars Exploration Program

I'm interested in leaving a world where my grandchildren -- I hope I have some -- are going to be able to thrive, instead of leaving a world where my generation has despoiled the planet, has fragmented into warring factions, has engendered hate and xenophobia, and all of these sorts of things, and then has pulled in and said, "We're not going to explore. We're just going to sit here and stew in our own juices." And to say, "We're going to spend all our money," -- throw money at problems that aren't solvable by just money, that have to have other kinds of solutions applied to them.
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Carlos Slim

Financier and Philanthropist

You have the privilege and responsibility of managing wealth. I know -- and my children are agreed in the same area -- that when I die I will not take anything. I think that people (a person), that has wealth of his own, or maybe a government, a politician that manages the wealth of the people, or has the responsibility to manage money, the responsibility is to be efficient with the wealth, to manage it okay. And you are worried about the efficiency and the way you use it. At the end, you manage the wealth temporarily when you are alive, and maybe you are still alive and you put the wealth to be managed by others.
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Carlos Slim

Financier and Philanthropist

I think it's important to leave your children a better country, but it's maybe more important to leave your country better children, first of all. And second, you're looking for the happiness of your children. I think that work is not only social responsibility, but it is an emotional need. You need to work. You need to do things. You need to be active. You cannot be lazy. Without doing anything, it is bad for your emotional health. No? I tried to educate (my children) and that was the lesson from my father also, about responsibility and compromise, because wealth is a responsibility and compromise. When you die, you don't take anything. You are a kind of temporary manager of wealth.
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Frederick W. Smith

Founder, Federal Express

When I first met Sergeant Jackson I had grown a mustache and had taken up the affectation of smoking cigars, because I thought this made me look, you know, quite dashing and much older than my 22 years, or what have you. And the first thing that Sergeant Jackson did after I asked him to, in essence, take the insignia off, you know, just tell me straight up what I could do to improve my performance. And he told me, he said, "Well, the first thing, shave off that ridiculous mustache, and quite smoking the cigars -- because you look absurd -- and be yourself." And I don't think I ever forgot that. I don't think I ever tried an affectation after that point in my life.
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Frederick W. Smith

Founder, Federal Express

It's not like we're carrying sand and gravel. You know, we're carrying chemotherapy drugs, and important manuscripts, and electronic parts, and pieces for airplanes that are grounded. So when we pick it up and say, "We're going to have it there early the next morning," I mean we have to deliver. There's nothing else to it. So putting the guarantee in place was much more important internally than it was externally. Because most of our customers -- based on the experience they've had with us -- they believe we'll do it. But it's when we said to all of the employees, "This is guaranteed. If we don't get it there, we don't get paid."
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