Self-Made Billionaires Take A Personality Test And They All Score Low In The Same Area

One day an employee sent a letter to his boss about increasing his salary:

In thi$ life, we all need $ome thing mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ worker$ who have given $o much $upport, including $weat and $ervice to your company. I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon Your$ $incerely, Norman $oh

The next day, the employee received this reply letter from his boss:

NOrman.  I kNOw you have been working very hard, but you must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticeably well at the moment..  And NOw the newspapers are telling us that the world`s leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if Canada may go into aNOther recession after the NOvember elections.  I have NOthing more to add NOw, but I’m sure you kNOw what I am saying.  Yours truly, the Boss.

Roy Dalio is both the founder and the chairman of Bridgewater, the world’s largest investment firm.  A self-made, multi-billionaire, he recently authored a best-selling book called Principles.  In one chapter, Mr. Dalio shares about giving the same personality test to  a number of fellow billionaires, including: Bill Gates (Microsoft), Elon Musk (Telsa), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) etc.  Known as the Briggs-Meyer Personality Test, it takes about an hour to complete.  As you would expect, these  wealthy entrepreneurs scored high in the areas of vision, innovation, risk, flexibility, confidence and the like.  But they all scored low when it came to people (concern for others).  Bill Gates, perhaps speaking for all of the above, described himself as being, “overly intense and socially inept”.

The above explains why often men of such great treasure have such private funerals – to save themselves  from the public embarrassment of so few, if any,  showing up to mourn for them.  As Solomon (also a multi-billionaire) put it of himself in Ecclesiastes 4:8,

There is one alone, and not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

The bottom line?  I was taught long ago – “You do not use your people to build your church, you use your church to build your people”.