Andrew Carnegie The Richest Man On Earth

Have you ever heard the famous phrase "It doesn't matter how you start, what matters how you finish." ? This is a great phrase to describe Andrew Carnegie's life. He was born into a poor family who lived on the upper floor of a small cottage in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1835. William Carnegie, Andrew's father, decided to move his family to American when his town faced economical problems and Chartist movement failure which both affected him directly. Upon arriving to America, Carnegie and his family settled in Allegheny, Pittsburgh where they had relatives. With the failure of the weaving company that his father operated resulted in Andrew getting a job at age thirteen as a bobbin boy. Later he acquired a job at the railroad and was promoted to telegraph operator. In 1901 Andrew Carnegie sold his company, Carnegie Steel, to J.P. Morgan and became the richest man on Earth.

Although he was a successful and wealthy businessman he also had high moral and ethical standards. He felt that education was important for everyone. He was an avid reader and promoted others to join him by donating monies to help establish several public libraries, colleges, schools, PBS television stations, and other organizations.

Andrew Carnegie also believed in working hard which he learned when he was a child because of the tough financial situations that he and his family encountered. Carnegie encouraged his affluent peers to take care of themselves, their families and to use the remaining funds to contribute to their communities. He also used his experience, wisdom, and expertise bring up his less fortunate brothers. This shows that not only was he concerned about being successful; he also wanted others to achieve great things too.

Andrew Carnegie began his charitable career in 1870 when he donated to various causes. He increased the amount of his donations after he became the richest man in the world. His greatest desires was to support libraries and international peace. He took a strong stance that the rich should donate and improve their communities which he also did himself. His final goal when donating was to donate all of his money to deserving charities before he died but he didn't. There has not been another person to match or donate more money than Andrew Carnegie. One of his famous quote is “The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced".

Andrew Carnegie lived a life that displayed great moral and ethical worth. He learned from his challenges but did not let them hold him back from achieving great things. He even used his experiences and wisdom to help others succeed. Andrew Carnegie believed in education, working hard, and helping others. Not only did he live by these morals he also encouraged others to do the same thing. Andrew Carnegie is truly a good person who exhibits high moral and ethical character.

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