No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
Scottish American industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, is famous for being one of the richest people in history, at one point surpassing John D Rockefeller as the richest American in the world. He led the expansion of America’s steel industry in the late 19th century, and devoted the last 18 years of his life to philanthropy, during which time he founded many charitable organisations. Carnegie’s career began as a telegrapher. By the 1860s, he had made investments in railroads, trains, and the oil industry, eventually accumulating more wealth as a bond salesman, which funded American enterprise in Europe. After building his steel company, he sold it in 1901 for $480 million, making him the richest American. His large scale philanthropic endeavours in later life had an emphasis on local libraries, education, science research and world peace. From his fortune, he built Carnegie Hall, Peace Palace, and more.
Carnegie came from humble beginnings. Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, he spent his early childhood in a typical weavers cottage with one main room, which the family shared with another weaver’s family. He attended Dunfermline’s free school, donated by Philanthropist Adam Rolland.
Carnegie’s uncle, political leader George Lauder, had a profound influence on him growing up. Lauder introduced him to the writings of Scottish heroes including William Wallace, Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce, and Robert Burns. When Carnegie was 13, his father began to struggle to make a living as a weaver, as the country was in starvation. His mother helped support the family by working for her brother and selling potted meats, soon becoming the primary breadwinner. Still struggling, the family moved to Pennsylvania, USA, to try for a better life.
In Allegheny, a growing industrial area, Carnegie’s first job as a bobbin boy at a cotton mill earned him $1.20 a week. A year later, he worked as a telegraph messenger boy. He proved himself to be a hard worker, and would memorise the locations of local businesses and their leaders. As he continued to pay close attention to his work, he eventually learned to translate telegraph signals by ear, and was promoted to operater.
'People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents."
Education and a passion for reading was encouraged by Colonel James Anderson who opened his personal library to working boys on Saturday nights. Carnegie was greatly appreciative of this, and said that if he was wealthy one day, he would use his money to create opportunities for poor boys to be successful, just like the opportunities he had. At 24, he became superintendent of the Western Division of the railroad company. At this time, railroads were the first big businesses of America. He was trained and mentored by industrialist Thomas A Scott, who taught him about things such as management and cost control. Scott also assisted his introduction to investments, which would soon increase Carnegie’s wealth dramatically.
Throughout his career, Carnegie achieved many great things:
And, true to his word, Carnegie used his great wealth to further education and create opportunities for others to be successful, establishing public libraries across all English speaking countries, as well as funding scores of schools, libraries and charities.
Much wisdom and inspiration can be gleaned from Carnegie’s early life. He allowed himself to be shaped and taught by knowledgeable people who made themselves available. He understood the value of learning, and pursued education at every opportunity, even taking advantage of the menial jobs he started off in.
If you are starting small right now, I encourage you to put your whole heart into what is right in front of you. If you are prepared to work hard, and are eager to learn from the people above you, you will be sowing valuable seeds for the future.
Curricula & Co Magazine 2018
Published annually, which features original articles on entrepreneurship, enterprise, employability, and professional partnerships. Curricula & Co also reports on related subjects such as fashion, leisure, education, finance, law and communities. (Interviews & featured content has been edited and published internally by Curricula & Co's editors)
Business Studies Academy
Business Studies Academy - Pay Full - Option
You can pay for your business studies all in one go, giving you priority to access advance bookings with your educator and our partners There is also £50.00 discount off the total price should you pay this way. (Read In Full Key Information)
Start-Up Business Journal
Perfect for you if your starting a new business venture and want to learn the correct path ways to speed your planning up. Use this Business Journal to save hours and unnecessary stresses on the journey to set your business up for success. Whether you're looking to increase your motivation or learn business processes, our journals will help you explore what it means to master the art of getting your start up off the ground.
Careers Training Academy
Careers Training Academy - Pay Full
You can pay for your employment studies all in one go, giving you priority to access advance bookings with your educator and our partners There is also £40.00 discount off the total price should you pay this way.
Courses Type: Employment
Study Duration Options: 1 year to 18 months
Academy Sessions Received: 12
Learning Times: 1 1/2 hours - Fortnightly or Monthly
Academy Learning Methods: 1-1 - Skype - Online
Location: Business Centers or Via Skype
This academy is designed to make an immediate contribution to your current or future workplace. educational and activities are delivered as a 1-1 or online or within the workplace, each will develop your, career progress, capacity to work as a team and develop your management skills.
1st Year & Level One
Your core career topics are:
2nd Year & Level Two
Your core career topics are:
3rd Year & Level Three
( Executive Careers)
Your core career topics are:
Keeping a journal has great benefits some of the most influential people in history kept detailed journals of their lives. Our lifestyle journal is filled inspiring quotes, to keep you inspired as you future plan, map out your thoughts or work through those to do lists. Say goodbye to those struggles with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal can help you gain control ...