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A Global View,
This review is from: A Global Life: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank (Kindle Edition)
A Global Life: My Journey among the Rich and Poor, from Wall Street to the World Bank by James Wolfensohn. Born in 1933 in Australia to English
immigrants and brought up to achieve, he did just that. He got an Australian law degree,
fenced for Australia in the Olympics, did an MBA at Harvard. Met his American wife, Ellie, had
a family of three kids, made a fortune along the way.
He has spent the last 15 years of his life in public service, ten of them as President of the
World Bank. He travelled the world and met the people adressing many issues: poverty and corruption to name two. He set goals for his tenure
at the World Bank. In the end, he could tick most of them on the list !
A lifetime habit he had was to sit by himself and dream up impossible accomplishments.
Then he would try to reach the goals ! He tried to become a Rhodes scholar and got
icely turned down. He dreamed of making a difference and became President of the World Bank at the age of 61.
Why should you read this book? If you want to see what one person setting goals can achieve in a lifetime, it's a good read. If you want to see how big one little boy can grow in
a lifetime, here's an answer.
Quote from Sir James "I think the important thing is to get people to recognize that although we live in the United States and we think of Europe and Japan, a good half the world is in the developing countries. And as we see a move in the global economy, it's a move to China and to India and to Asia. And we need to wake up to that move and we need to wake up to the move that there are billions of people left behind."
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