Have you ever dreaded bumping into an old friend? Some of us worry that we have gotten fat, disgusting, and ugly over the years. Others of us are worried we will have to hear the same old tales of embarrassing things we did in high school as if we did not spend the last fifteen years trying to forget. For many people though the real reason they do not like bumping into old friends is because they will see that their old friends have accomplished far more in life and more information click here.
Lloyd Groves felt that way recently about his old college roommate Anthony Petrello. Lloyd Groves, who is a columnist for the Daily Beast, was reading AP’s list of highest paid CEOs and he was shocked to see his old friend not just in the top 10 but in the number one spot with a compensation package of over $68 million! That sort of achievement will make any under achieving friend feel like a failure.
Lloyd wrote to Anthony to see where he went wrong. Tony wrote back saying “One life lesson I have learned is that between being smart or being lucky—lucky is better, I have been extremely fortunate in work.” The truth is Tony did not just luck out. He worked hard to achieve what he achieved and learn more about Anthony.
Tony received degrees in Mathematics from the prestigious university of Yale and a law degree from Harvard University. He used those two degrees to land a job with the Baker and McKenzie corporate law firm and later use those same degrees to catapult his career with Nabors Industries.
It was during his time at Nabors Industries Petrello was able to combine his gifts of mathematics and law to transition the company to the country of Bermuda. While it was chaotic at first and investors tried to sue the company, Tony succeeded. This move caused stocks to rise by 180% and the investors happily backed off.
Tony Petrello lived a life that would make anybody jealous. We should let Lloyd know it was not personal and Anthony’s lacrosse camp.