Index4INDEX Card 226: Andrew Carnegie 1

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

-- Andrew Carnegie

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Although people with different skill sets and levels of ability may find themselves as part of a team, proper direction and application of those skills and abilities will lead to success not only for the team but also for themselves as people.

The trick is in finding which ways work to make that happen. It can be discovered immediately, when everyone clicks imemdiately. It can be found after much trial and error, and along the way certain people leave to make room for others in an iterative process until the team finds the right combination of people is found.

Once the right team is assembled, then it's only a matter of time before the team is rewarded with success and distinction. If the team is truly blessed with its composiiton, then success will be sustained thanks to continuous work ethic and preparation. Some teams achieve success as one-hit wonders, and others achieve dynastic-level success; both are rewarded accordingly.

Some Information about Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline (Fife), Scotland, UK on 1835-November-25. He died in Lenox, Massachusetts, US on 1919-August-11.

Andrew Carnegie was anindustrialist known for expanding the steel industry in the United States. He was also a philanthropist.

The Carnegie family left Scotland for the United States in 1848. They settled in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, US since they had many relatives and friends fromthe Old Country there. At age 12, just before the family left Scotland, Andrew Carnegie began working as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory. Once the family settled in Pennsylvania, he quickly acclimated to the American culture of the time. Carnegie educated himself by reading, writing, and by attending night school.

At 14-- about one year after coming to America-- Carnegie became a messanger in a telegraph office. He caught the attention of Thomas Scott, a superintendent for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. In 1853, when Carnegie was 18, Scott made Carnegie his private secretary and personal telegrapher. By 1859, at age 24, Carnegie succeeded Scott of the Pittsburgh division of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

As superintendent, Carnegie invested funds in the Woodruff Sleeping Car Company, which was the original patent holder for the Pullman patents. Carnegie introduced the first successful sleeping car to be used on American locomotives. Carnegie also made investments in Keystone Bridge Company, Pittsburgh Locomotive Works, Superior Rail Mill and Blast Furnaces, and Union Iron Mills. By age 30, Carnegie had an annual income of USD 50K.

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