- George Clooney’s mother taught him to be “scrappy.” A beauty queen with her own TV show, Nina Clooney also liked power tools and literally put a roof over Clooney’s head.
“Keep your cool, get the job done,” he says. “That’s what I got from my mother.”
- Regis Philbin was preparing to leave military service when a grizzled Marine asked him what he planned to do with his life. Philbin said he wanted to go into television but wasn’t sure he had enough talent to make it.
- Rev. Al Sharpton says he learned from Rev. Jesse Jackson that people need repetition to remember things. He notes that Jackson’s mantra “Keep hope alive” may seem like little more than a slogan. But he also notes that people remember it.
- Jack Valenti flew fighter jets and aided President Johnson before taking the reins of the Motion Picture Association of America. Valenti say she’s learned that you need to take risks to succeed. And, to make it big, you have to take big risks.
— Adapted from “What I’ve Learned,” Esquire.