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Henry Kravis

Financier and Investor

My career, I have really just loved it. It has been a challenge. There is something new every day for me. I mean, the fantastic thing about the career, it's not just buying and selling companies. It's the fact that we've got a portfolio of companies, that range all the way from hotels and motels, to television stations and cable TV companies, and oil and gas, and consumer products, and industrial products. And anything that I want to know more about, I have that opportunity. It's right there, it's in our portfolio. And I can spend the time at a factory or with the management and learn as much as I want. And so that's wonderful, and that's a real challenge. You can't get bored doing that.
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Henry Kravis

Financier and Investor

Henry Kravis: I like to succeed. I don't want to fail. And I said to you earlier, the fear of failure drives a lot of people. That probably is part of what drives me. I know there will be things that I'll fail at, but overall I don't want to be a failure. And I come back to the challenge again. You know, why am I in a hurry? Why do I work as hard as I work? I do it because I enjoy it. I don't have to do it, obviously. But I enjoy it. I enjoy creating something -- financial creation. I'm not an artist or a musician, but creating something that hasn't been done before, I enjoy that. We have a lot of people at this firm, and we are all built more or less alike. We love to succeed. There is nothing that gives greater pleasure than success.
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Henry Kravis

Financier and Investor

"Henry, I just wanted to let you know, the guys said we've got the transaction signed up and go have a great vacation, and relax." And it's a feeling, obviously, you can see, I get choked up even re-telling the story. Every time I talk about that. Or just that feeling, you know, up there in the air and that camaraderie, and just that excitement of wanting each other to know. It's all part of the teamwork. And it's one of the great pleasures I get as that team, and that teamwork.
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Nicholas Kristof

Journalist, Author & Columnist

Nicholas Kristof: There's a local newspaper that came out initially twice a week, later three times a week, called the News Register in McMinnville, Oregon. And when I turned 16 and got my driver's license, then I signed up to write for them. And the editor of it, he knew that -- it's a farming area -- that he needed to cover farming, but he didn't know anything about it. And as a result, he couldn't actually determine I didn't know anything about it either. So as a high school student I covered farming in the area, and again, I just found it extraordinary to run around, talk to people, find out about things that were interesting, and then get paid for it. So that was a major step along my road to being a journalist.
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Nicholas Kristof

Journalist, Author & Columnist

Nicholas Kristof: I have a lot of wanderlust. I had found, really when I was at Oxford, just the excitement of entering different worlds, different cultures. On my first vacation from Oxford, that's when I got stuck behind martial law in Poland, and then at the end of that trip I went to Morocco. I remember waking up in the morning and hearing the call of the muezzin from the mosque, the call to prayer, and just feeling it was really a different civilization, being really excited by that. So I tended to do a lot of traveling from Oxford, and I found it in many ways a better learning experience than anything that I had done in the classroom. And that was one of the -- again -- the attractions of journalism. The sense that if you want to learn about the world, that one of the best ways to do that is journalism, rather than through the academic route.
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Mike Krzyzewski

Collegiate Basketball Champion

Mike Krzyzewski: The thing I loved the most -- and still love the most about teaching -- is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits. You feel like you've been a part of them, you become something bigger than yourself. I really love that. I'm passionate about it, and I've seen that happen for me personally, so I want to do it with other people.
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Mike Krzyzewski

Collegiate Basketball Champion

Mike Krzyzewski: Basketball was not my main sport in grade school, or even the first year of high school. I was actually a good athlete, a real good athlete in my neighborhood. When I went to high school, an all-boys' school, a Catholic school, I tried out for football, and I didn't make it. It was the first time, athletically, that I was knocked down. Then I went into basketball, and all of a sudden, I said, "Well I'm going to make it," and I kind of focused on basketball. As a result, I started to love basketball, and I played it all the time.
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