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More importantly, if you haven’t yet seen this clip of Elie Wiesel speaking with Oprah about his personal experience with the Bernie Madoff crisis, it is worth a few minutes of your time. For those of you who don’t know, Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor, prolific author, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
The first time I saw him speak, I was blown away by his wisdom, his soulful tone. He embodies the role of “messenger to mankind,” a title bestowed on him by the Nobel Committee. As you’ll see in the clip above, Wiesel invested his life savings, as well as a significant amount of money from his charity, with Madoff. In the course of the scandal, he lost everything.
In response to learning of the devastating news, Wiesel and his wife said thoughtfully, “We have seen worse.” I thought about this for days after watching the clip. What an incredible, measured response to a crisis caused by human nature at its worst (greed, deceit). For me, among other things, this was a simple reminder of the importance of maintaining perspective. In seeing things for what they are. And this – perspective – is something we should all carry with us, in business and in life. TWEET THIS!