The book, What It Takes, Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen Schwarzman, was recommended by an ex-colleague and friend of mine. Naturally, being in the private equity industry, this book piqued my interest. I still remembered my ex-colleague telling me about this book twice, which prompted me to read an excerpt online. Immediately, I was hooked and ordered a copy of the book from Book Depository. For those who don’t know, Stephen Schwarzman is the Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Blackstone, an American private equity alternative investment management firm with $584bn in assets under management. He started his illustrious career in investment banking at a firm called Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ for short form), and subsequently went to Lehman Brothers, becoming one of the youngest Managing Directors at the age of 31. Source: Book Depository I urge everyone who likes finance, investing or even entrepreneurship to read

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