Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wisdom from a Greek monk who is also a maestro of finance


"This is the secret of success for anywhere in the world, not just the monastery."

"Yes... and", rather than "No... but"

"The idiot is bound by his pride. It always has to be his way. This is also true of the person who is deceptive or doing things wrong: he always tries to justify himself. A person who is bright in regard to his spiritual life is humble. He accepts what others tell him - criticism, ideas - and works with them."

---From an interview in an article by Michael Lewis in the current Vanity Fair. The monk, Father Arsenios, managed a small penniless monastery, located on a rocky spit in the Aegean, such that the monks now have an estimated $2 billion treasury. This took place over the last decade as the corrupt Greek economy dived toward bankrupcty.


Anonymous kenny said...

Who is this, the Greek Jim Bakker, so good at this old con.

12:18 PM  

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