06/02/05 - change

Today's excerpts - Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin's memoirs, and John Steinbeck:

"My general experience in life has been that most people can change only within a narrow range, if at all. Many people can acknowledge criticism and advice, but relatively few internalize it and alter their behavior in a significant way. Sometimes someone can change in one respect but not in another. I was involved in many discussions at Goldman over the years that centered on the question of whether a person who was highly capable professionally, but limited in some way, could grow to assume broader responsibilities. Often the limitations revolved around the ability to work effectively with colleagues and subordinates."

-Robert Rubin

"Men do change and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass."

-John Steinbeck

author: John Steinbeck
title: Sweet Thursday
publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition July 29, 2008 
date: Copyright 1954 by John Steinbeck


Robert E. Rubin


In An Uncertain World


Random House


Copyright 2003 by Robert E. Rubin


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