Born: Mainz, Germany
Education: Unfortunately, I only went through ninth grade in high school. It’s a different world we’re living in today. If I were to do it over again and I knew then what I know today, I probably would have left school a year earlier. If I was going to do it again, but I wanted to have the same career, I’m not so sure because in order to be successful in my career, I had to make a lot of sacrifices.
With what I know today, I’m not sure I would want to do it over again. While my children were growing up, I was not able to spend as much time helping my wife bring up my children as I would have liked to because I was traveling extensively.
Knowing more about the industry I was in than somebody that had finished college and then gone into the industry has helped me. It all depends on what you want to do in your life. Knowing the product and the industry and the needs of the industry was more important than having a more formal education.
On the other hand, I’m a great believer in education. It’s the most important thing in the economy to have people that are educated. I consider myself educated even though I don’t have a formal college degree.
What one person, past or present, would you like to sit down and talk with?
I would imagine it would be Jesus Christ, who has made a tremendous contribution to the Western world. I admire him for having accomplished the most. He’s been as great an influence on the West as anybody has.