George Soros stands before us as one of the most prolific philanthropists and investors that the world has ever seen. His story of rising up from Nazi-occupied Hungary to these great heights is as fascinating as it is deep. Yet, for all of this amazing detail he has still become one of the leading ‘boogeymen’ of the right wing. So is he the night terror that the conservative right believes in? Or the angel of progressive values and social justice that he has been working toward all of his life? Well, his story shows the answer to that with ease — and the right won’t like it.
George Soros has become a left wing darling over the past several decades for his unyielding focus and support of social progress and democracy around the globe. Soros started the Soros Hedge Fund in the early ’70s in order to become the prolific investor that he is today. Now pushing 86 years old, Soros has spent much of his life and his fortune focusing on creating democratic ideals in every nook and cranny of the planet. For all of his good work, he still has become the target of an organized smear campaign by right wing politicians. Joe Uscinski, a pol-science professor at the University of Miami says, “What makes the Soros thing interesting is that most of the conspiracy theories about rich people tend to be made by people on the left about people on the right.” Read this story at Politico about George Soros.
His career is fascinating and walking through it step by step would take countless books and more hours than most people would really want to spend. We can give you the highlights, however. George Soros is worth a cool $25 billion and his rise as a political force has been a thing to marvel in America. Soros broke onto the political scene in the early 2004 election campaign when he worked hard in order to try and stop President George W. Bush from re-election. Of course, his backing of Al Gore should have been a success but issues with the election ended up turning the tide toward the conservative movement. Since then Soros has been nestled neatly into the left wing of the political spectrum: arguing for health care and education while trying to keep America out of wars. Of course, these stances aren’t popular with conservatives and his gigantic wealth has made it easy to demonize the noble work of an honorable man. Know more on cnbc.com about George Soros.
Perhaps most interesting in the American political climate is George Soros’ comparison to the Koch Brothers. The Koch Brothers are billionaires who use their money to astroturf political campaigns for the right wing, including such groups as the Tea Party. While the Koch’s spend millions to fight progress and democracy, Soros counteracts them at every turn. Perhaps George Soros is a boogeyman, but only because he is fighting for what is right.
Adam Milstein is a respected businessman and philanthropist who is working to educate the Jewish American community in Jewish heritage and cultural traditions including learning Hebrew. He’s most known for his work at Hager Pacific Properties, the company he cofounded with David Hager and currently serves as a Managing Partner. Hager Pacific Properties owns many luxury commercial and residential properties in California, Texas and Illinois that they sell and lease out to investors. He’s spoken at many pro-Israel forums and conferences and has made the Jerusalem Post’s 2016 list of Top 50 Most Influential Jews.
Ideamensch decided to interview Adam Milstein to find out what drove him to success and what advice he could offer aspiring entrepreneurs entering his field. Milstein believes one of the first steps to success is being willing to do the work yourself, something he was willing to do to get into real estate brokering. He felt that none of the current jobs available while at grad school matched his skills and experiences, so he and David Hager decided to start their own company and soon began attracting investors to it. He also says you shouldn’t get hung up on just sticking to goals because that can limit you. His recommendation for reading is Dana Perino’s book And The Good News Is ….
Adam Milstein was born in Israel to two Jewish parents who had immigrated there from Latin America in 1948 when the modern nation had just become established. He served in the Israeli military in 1973 fighting in Ariel Sharon’s unit in the Yom Kippur War. After returning from the war he helped his father in the building framing business and also married Gila Elgrably, a girl he had met while in the military. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology several years later and then completed his MBA at USC. He and Gila founded the Milstein Foundation along with Sifriyat Pijama B’America in 2000, and he also became Chairman of the Israeli-American Council. He also serves at AIPAC, Hillel International, Birthright Isarel, StandWithUs, and many other organizations.
The world is changing. For one thing, there are different requirements for landing the job. Also, in this changing work landscape, more bosses are learning how to lead as opposed to dictate. Josh Verne knows that in order to be an effective business owner, one has to gain the respect of his employees. This is where a lot of people in higher positions tend to fall into traps. They wind up trying to demand respect from their employees in different ways. As a result, the employees actually lose respect for him and end up even wanting to walk away from him.
Employees have respect for people who practice what they preach. They look up to the ones that do as much showing as telling. They are also respectful to people that are taking the time to work with the employees. One of the worst things that a business owner or manager could do to a new employee is just tell him to figure it out as opposed to going through it with her. This is one of the lessons that Josh Verne has learned. Another aspect of leadership that employees respect is humility. If a person has enough humility to address the other person as an equal, then he will manage to have a smoother work relationship with his employees.
Josh Verne is realizing what works in this changing landscape because he is aware that more people are looking for ways to gain income so that they don’t have to worry about losing their jobs. For one thing, it is very painful and scary to live in constant fear of losing a job. This is one of the reasons that people are more than ever looking for ways to support themselves outside of their normal jobs. Among these ways is becoming an entrepreneur. Josh Verne is someone who could advise people on what they can do so that they will make sure that they are successful in their pursuits. When it comes to running a business, it is important for everything to be thought about and figured out before getting started.