From Blackstone Chairman, CEO, and co-founder Stephen a. Schwarzman, a long-awaited book that uses impactful episodes from schwarzman’s life to show readers how to build, transform, and lead thriving organizations. Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, philanthropist, executive, or simply someone looking for ways to maximise your potential, the same lessons apply. People know who Stephen schwarzman is-att least they think they do. He’s the man who took 400 dollars, 000 and co-founded Blackstone, the investment firm that manages over $500 billion (as of January 2019). he’s the CEO whose views are sought by heads of state. He’s the billionaire philanthropist who founded schwarzman scholars, this century’s version of the Rhodes scholarship, in China. But behind these achievements is a man who has spent his life learning and reflecting on what it takes to achieve excellence, make an impact, and live a life of consequence. Folding handkerchiefs in his father’s linen shop, schwarzman dreamed of a larger life, filled with purpose and adventure. His grades and athleticism got him into Yale. After starting his career in finance with a short stint at a financial firm called dlj, schwarzman began working at Lehman brothers where he ascended to run the mergers and acquisitions practice. He eventually partnered with his mentor and friend Pete Peterson to found Blackstone, vowing to create a new and different kind of financial institution. Building Blackstone into the leading global financial institution it is today didn’t come easy. Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent, and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyze and evaluate risk. Schwarzman’s simple mantra “don’t lose money” Has helped Blackstone become a leading private equity and real estate investor, and manager of alternative assets for institutional investors globally.