Spent the long weekend in Jackson, WY at the wedding of one of my best friends from highschool. For the sake of this story, let’s call him “H”.
H’s a super-successful dude. He started a hedge fund in his late 20s that did amazingly well, then provided all of the capital for my second through thirteenth deals.
I’ve known for a long time that I owe my career to H… if it weren’t for him, I’d probably be on deal 15 now instead of deal 55. Or maybe pushing papers at some law firm; who knows?
What I hadn’t realized is that H did pretty much exactly for several other people in other industries.
I have no idea whether, across his whole portfolio of friend-vestments, H’s up or down. But I know he’s got a bunch of close friends whose lives he set on fundamentally different, better courses through his generosity.
And if there’s anything better you can do for another human being, I don’t know what it is.