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Steve Forbes passes the “Confucius test”

One of my favorite thoughts comes from the 4th century B.C. wisdom of Confucius who, legend has it, said, “The shortest and surest way to live with honor is to be in reality what you appear to be.”

In our popular culture, we have a tendency to deify those who have achieved some level of fame, based solely on the fact that they are on television, or the movies or some other big stage. Never mind that we know nothing about their character. If they’re a movie star, sports figure, rock star or just on TV a lot, we put them on a pedestal.

As I have met and gotten to know certain individuals who have achieved some combination of notoriety, fame, wealth and power, it’s been an interesting exercise to put them to what I call “the Confucius test”: Are they really what they appear to be? As you can imagine, the results of this exercise has delivered mixed results, which is why whenever some famous person passes the Confucius test, I like to report those results. My report this day is on Steve Forbes.

I’ve known Steve for over 10 years and have observed him in a number of settings where he has passed the Confucius test. Regardless of the circumstances, Steve Forbes is in reality what he appears to be. We all know him as a successful, global businessman and political influencer. He is clearly a highly intelligent and knowledgeable person. But he is also in private the affable and approachable person he appears to be when you see him on television, hear him on radio or read his words. This is not hearsay; it’s my personal experience.

Over the years, Steve has been a regular guest on my small business radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show. His continued appearances, I would like to think, are due to our friendship. But I also know he feels a strong connection with small business owners and has a stronger desire to maintain and serve his relationship with the small business community. Confucius would have liked Steve Forbes.

Recently, Steve (forbes.com)was on my show again discussing, among other things, his latest book, which he co-authored with John Prevas. Power Ambition Glory compares historical and present-day leaders and provides numerous valuable lessons on leadership for small business owners, regardless of the size or age of their operation. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what Steve has to say. And, of course, be sure to leave your own thoughts.

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