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Richard Schultes

The Father of Modern Ethnobotany

Richard Schultes: I had made a tremendous collection of plants, and the airplane that was going to take me out [of the jungle was the same one that] took me in. After a while in the early days, I had to go in over land and over by canoe and so forth. Later, I could fly in with hydroplanes. I would make an agreement with the pilot that on such-and-such a day -- let's say two months, three months later, weather permitting -- he'd be there. I'd have to put out a bed sheet, so he could see I was there before he landed.
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Norman Schwarzkopf

Commander, Operation Desert Storm

There's no question about the fact that the teenage years that I spent abroad had a tremendous impact upon my entire life, from that time forth. I mean, I got to know people of so many different nationalities, of so many different cultures, of so many different ethnic backgrounds. In meeting all of these people of so many different make-ups, it was a wonderful education for me. It taught me that there's more than one way to look at a problem, and they all may be right, you see. So, it gave me a certain tolerance. Maybe tolerance isn't the right word, because tolerance implies that there's intolerance before. It's not that, but it just gave me an appreciation for people. Judge them as you find them. Never prejudge anybody based upon any of those things that sometimes people are prejudged. That's lived with me for the rest of my life. It gave me the ability to be flexible, to get along with people of all different nationalities.
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Norman Schwarzkopf

Commander, Operation Desert Storm

I had studied the area and we had come to the conclusion that the worst case scenario that we would have to face would be Iraq. I mean, Iraq had the fourth largest army in the world at that time. They had just won major victories against the Iranians. They had modern military equipment. So, when you looked around at the area and said, who is the worst enemy that you'd have to fight over there? It was Iraq. And we said, what's the worst thing they could do? And that would be sweeping down and deciding to take over all the oil fields. So we decided that if that's the worst case scenario, then make sure that we plan to handle the worst case scenario, and we could handle any lesser scenarios that might come up. So you might say we made a lucky guess and we were right.
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Stephen Schwarzman

Chairman and CEO, The Blackstone Group

People have observed that you only learn truly by failing, and I was, I thought, a complete failure at this job. I had no economics. I had no ability to read a financial statement. I had never had accounting. They gave me an office and a secretary and some annual reports and assignments. I didn't even know how to approach it. I'm pretty good on my feet, I'm pretty decent at bobbing and weaving, but there's only so long you can bob and weave when you don't have a good base. So it became clear to me, without anybody advising me, that leaving myself in an environment where I was intellectually unprepared was a danger not only to me but to everybody that I had anything to do with. So I went to business school, really, just to deal with this complete lack of preparation that I had. I really didn't like the kind of research-oriented business that DLJ was doing. I found I wasn't particularly good at that either, instinctively, so I interviewed at a variety of businesses out of business school, investment banks and advertising businesses and I think a consulting business.
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