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Anthony Kennedy

Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Anthony Kennedy: I think I maybe learned more in the oil fields than I did in the State Senate. I think there's a lot of wisdom in the working man and the working woman. I think they're very concerned with what the country is like, what their life should be like. And I think that taught me a lot, because I was the butt of many jokes when I was a little kid working with these high-powered people in the oil fields, and I had to learn to adjust to that and try to pull my own weight.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

Jeong Kim: I worked a graveyard shift at 7-11. That's 11 in the evening until seven in the morning. I went to school during the day, and then on weekends I'd mow the lawn, deliver newspapers and work in restaurants as busboy and that kind of thing, which is what a lot of people do. But, working the night shift was hard because you know, you still do need sleep.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

I never felt I was lucky. I never felt that I was the smartest, but working hard is something that I could do. And I think one thing that I am capable of is -- somehow -- my body has pretty good endurance. I can just work day and night and maintain the concentration. And, I've never met anybody who can work as long and reach the same level of concentration without getting burned out. So, that's an ability I guess, that I have.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

I always had this complex that I felt that I was not as good as the guy next to me, and therefore I work extra hard. And, I've met several people who are highly successful and when I talk to them, they say a similar thing. So, I don't think it's just me. People who are the smartest or the most talented, sometimes they don't realize their full potential because things get too easy. It's too easy for them and things just come so easily for them, so they don't really push themselves as hard.
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

His name was Captain Rod, Ronald Rod -- R, O, D -- and before he died, he had talked in one of his letters about these little kids running around without parents. I'm sure most of the orphans we created. And, when he was killed, Time magazine did a story on him and he was made a martyr. The people in New Orleans then started raising money to build an orphanage to commemorate him. They were going to build it in a big city, and at the time I was in sort of a no-man's land in this particular team that had had many casualties over time. And, it probably was somewhat self-serving, as I raised hell and said, "No, the orphanage should be built here, in this place called Duc Pho." And everybody disagreed with that, but I raised such a stink about it they finally turned to me and said, "Fine, Captain Kimsey. You think it ought to be built there, you build it."
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

You feel like you're under siege, you're under fire. You're at a point where, if you fail to put this Rube Goldberg, very complex set of ingredients together -- that it's gone, that it craters, it's bankrupt, sort of the worst of all possible outcomes, that everything goes away -- you know, you've got the embarrassment and shame of being involved in a company and letting it fail. And this harks back to the "No excuse, Sir." I think if there's one quality that I had to point to that contributes to success, it's the same quality the little nuns had that have kept that orphanage alive for the last 32 years. It's perseverance. And, most people don't know that America Online is over 15 years old because they only see the last few years that the Internet has come in to sort of public cognition.
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

During these last 15 years there were many, many times that people would look at me and say, you know, "Why are you fooling around with this thing? Why do you think this is ever going to amount to anything?" In the early days, when I was forming the company, Prodigy had already been started by IBM and Sears. And, they would look at me and say, "My God, how are you ever going to compete with IBM and Sears?" And more recently they've said, "How are you going to compete with Microsoft?" A big company that has a sort of monolithic hegemony in this area that will stop you.
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