Peter Drucker once said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” And Author Michael J. Gelb wrote, “You can change your life by changing the way you think about yourself and your potential.”
What does it take to be one of the richest and most successful people in the world? How do you get to the top? And once you’re there — how do you stay at the top?
Today’s guest knows a thing or two about that. Charles Koch is one of the richest people in the world and CEO and chairman of one of the largest privately held American companies, Koch Industries, with over 130,000 employees. He is also an influential philanthropist and has been for more than 50 years. He supports education and helps organize groups that research solutions to poverty and other big social issues, and he’s founded numerous non-profits, including Stand Together.
Charles learned to self-actualize early in life, and his wealthy mindset has carried him extremely far. That’s why today, he has a passion for giving back and showing others how to maximize their success by maximizing their mindsets. He’s working hard to give back, and he has a lot of wisdom to share about staying positive and humble and managing fear.
I had such a great time consuming the wealth of knowledge that he had to share, and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it as well. We have a lot of similar ideas around mindset and how to be your most successful self and we discussed a lot of topics that he wrote about in his new book Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World. I know you’re going to enjoy this episode — I know I did! So without any further ado, let’s get started!
Charles Koch is the business mastermind behind Koch Industries. He’s been the co-owner, chairman, and CEO since the company’s founding in 1967. Koch Industries is the company behind an incredible number of well-known brands, including Stainmaster carpet, Quilted Northern tissue, and Dixie Cup.
Charles is also a prolific and highly influential philanthropist. He has dedicated much of his time to maintaining the legacy of the Koch Family Foundation, a charitable organization that provides grants and scholarships to students and promising young artists. Charles is also a regular contributor to various political movements and organizations, including the Republican party and the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank in Washington D.C.
In addition to being a widely-known businessman and philanthropist, Charles is a dedicated family man. He’s been married to his wife, Liz, since 1972, and together they have two children, Chase and Elizabeth Koch. Charles has also had a longstanding business partnership with his late brother, David Koch, who served as the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries.
I truly enjoyed my conversation with Charles. He has so much wisdom to share, and I’m grateful to him for joining me on this very special episode of The School of Greatness!
In our conversation, we dove deep into how you can reach your highest potential. We discussed the tools and strategies that have helped Charles make it to the top and how he stayed humble once he got there. We also talked about how we can all self-actualize and develop the mindsets we need to succeed. And finally, we talked about his late brother, David, and the essential life lessons Charles learned from him.
This conversation is informative, inspiring, and endlessly interesting! If you’re ready to achieve financial freedom and learn how to reach your highest potential from one of the world’s richest people, you do not want to miss Episode 1,034 with Charles Koch!