From The Richest Man In the World

I write to you this letter in order to share some of my life experiences, hoping it will contribute to your education, your way of thinking and living, your emotional well-being, your sense of responsibility to yourselves and to others, your maturity, and above all, to your happiness, which should be the result of your daily existence.

You are privileged within society due to your talents and efforts, and for the best reason, your own worth.

Success is not about doing things well or even very well, or being acknowledged by others.  It is not an external opinion, but rather an internal status.  It is the harmony between the soul and your emotions, which requires love, family, friendship, authenticity and integrity.

To be as exceptional as you are is a privilege, but it also entails many risks that can have an impact on values that are much more important than professional, economic, social or political “success”.  Emotional strength and stability are in the interior life, and in avoiding emotions that erode the soul such as envy, jealousy, arrogance, lust, selfishness, vengeance, greed and laziness, which are a poison that is ingested little by little.

When you give, do not expect to receive.  “Fragrance clings to the hand that gives the rose,” says a Chinese proverb.  Do not allow negative feelings and emotions to control your mind.  Emotional harm does not come from others; it is conceived and developed within ourselves.

Do not mix up your values or betray your principles.  Life’s road is very long, but it is traveled fast.  Live the present intensely and fully, do not let the past be a burden, and let the future be an incentive.  Each person forges his or her own destiny and it may influence reality.  Do not ignore it.

Live with positive feelings and emotions such as love, friendship, loyalty, courage, joy, good humor, enthusiasm, peace, serenity, patience, trust, tolerance, prudence and responsibility.  Do not allow their opposites to invade your soul, may they pass quickly from your mind, do not allow them to stay there, banish them.  You will make mistakes many times, it is normal and human; but try to make them small, then accept, correct and forget them. Do not be obsessed by them; heaven and hell are within us.  What is most valuable in life does not cost anything but is very precious:  love, friendship, nature and what man has been able to achieve with it; the forms, colors, sounds, smells that we perceive with our senses can only be appreciated when we are emotionally awake.

Live without fear and guilt; fear is the worst feeling men can have, it weakens them, inhibits action and depresses them.  Guilt is a tremendous burden in our lives, the way we think and act.  Guilt and fear make the present difficult and obstruct the future.  To fight them, let us have good sense and accept ourselves as we are, with our realities, our merits and our sorrows.

Staying occupied displaces preoccupation and problems, and when we face our problems, they disappear.  Thus, they make us stronger every day. We should learn from failure, and successes should be silent incentives.  Act always as your conscience dictates, because it never lies.  Fear and guilt will then be minimal.  Do not block yourself in, do not ruin your life, live it with intelligence, with soul and senses aware and on the alert; get to know their manifestations and train yourselves to appreciate and enjoy life.

Work well done is not only a responsibility to yourselves and society; it is also an emotional need.

At the end we depart with nothing, we leave behind only our work, family and friends, and, perhaps, a positive influence which we have planted.

My very best wishes,
Carlos Slim Helú

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24 Comments

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    These are remarkable words of wisdom Sir and I hold you in high esteem and respect.You are my Role Model.What has come is out of your rich experience and irrespective of howsoever young is the individual,he has potential to make it big.He can do that.
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  2. Does nothing for Mexico.  Causes them to flee to US for jobs which he is the cause of shortage of

  3. inspiring :)

  4. Thanks for †ђξ words of wisdom

  5. he told all of dis 4rm his experience & we must appreciate it.AND SURE WE SHOULD FOLLOW HIS VALUABLE WORDS

  6. hi my name is robin n i l be a successful businessmen like “U” as fast as tsunami destroyed my world

  7. Love the post Wayne, thanks for sharing!

    Thought this excerpt really resonated with some truth:

    “What is most valuable in life does not cost anything but is very precious: love, friendship, nature and what man has been able to achieve with it; the forms, colors, sounds, smells that we perceive with our senses can only be appreciated when we are emotionally awake.

    Sinjin

  8. He is talking like a rich man…who is out of time! Why, he should feed a thousand Mexicans a day with all
    that money.

  9. Thaks Thaks much i c clear very clear now

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  11. Amazing! Loved the article, thanks for sharing!

  12. With all due respect, Mr Slim you are all words and no action. You have achieved your wealth through corruption and with a little help of your friends as Carlos Salinas de Gortari. You do nothing good for your country and won’t allow any kind of fair competition with any of your companies. Other people and not as rich as you such as Mr Trump or Bill Gates do a lot for their countries. You just avoid tax paying by Telmex fundation

  13. Really beautiful.

    To the last line, “At the end we depart with nothing, we leave behind only our work, family and friends, and, perhaps, a positive influence which we have planted,” I’d add only, “but if a Christian who brings others to know Christ, you leave behind an eternal legacy.”

  14. @ Carlos Slim Helú

    With due respect Sir, I read your words and its remarkable. But are not they the words of regret? After achieving all the wealth of this world it`s easy to speak like you but being at the age of 18 and not getting what you want is different!! The inner true evil comes out. Everyone has potential to do some things but not that everyone gets a chance and you know it very well it`s hard very hard to create your own chance.

    I apologize for being harsh and rude to everyone.

    Lovingly..
    Sandipan Mitra
    sandipan.mitra001@gmail.com

  15. Thanks for posting this, great read.

  16. This is not just good advise to students but to everyone no matter the age or livelihood

  17. Thank you for this text. It was good to read

  18. does it make sense 2 invade others thinking n claim dem 2 be urs haa??

  19. Very inspirational..Wow this letter is very preciuos and of great value for generations to come..

  20. wow

  21. “Emotional harm does not come from others; it is conceived and developed within ourselves.”

    So true.

  22. Those words shared there will be timeless and for me came in a time I need them most. I will save and share this my mind body and soul…

    K (Bahamas)

  23. I am at a point where I need these words of wisdom but I have a sense that their essence is timeless. Thanks for sharing your thoughts… It helped me a great deal!

  24. “Do not allow their opposites to invade your soul, may they pass quickly from your mind, do not allow them to stay there, banish them. You will make mistakes many times, it is normal and human; but try to make them small, then accept, correct and forget them. Do not be obsessed by them; heaven and hell are within us.”

    This part is especially true and must be read again and again. Negative thoughts have a way of eating up your soul and energy. You often hear of someone being referred as the “Energy Vampire.” This is the negative person who walks into a room, and because of his negative demenaor, drains away other people, leaving them negative and tired, as well.

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