Here's a great video of GE ex-CEO Jack Welch speaking at MIT in April, 2007. One of Welch's core principles, among his many, is that he deals with what actually is, rather than what should be. We are so blessed in this Internet Age to be able to get hours and hours of instruction from the actual leaders, the actual winners in their fields. We are also blessed by the fact that so many leaders (Welch, Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger and others) live so long. Why? because it is more difficult, statistically, to be a "fluke" if you have a multi-decade track record of success. Someone who has been succeeding, without major derailments, and with minimum scandal, for 30 or 40 years is very likely to be the "genuine article", and to posses the true markers, the true principles, of success and achievement. These are people whose voices we should be listening to, an heeding, as we go about achieving our own goals.