Most successful people start putting their plans for the future in practice from very early ages, and Yury Mintskovsky was no exception. At barely 12 years of age he combined both having fun and playing catch with his friends with reading books and autobiographies of the world’s most powerful and successful people. He found inspiration in their words and saw opportunities in his future to start businesses and achieve what people like Ford or JP Morgan had.
He was no stranger to Tom Sawyer’s adventures and those stories might have given him courage to seek the unknown and take chances, both playing a very important part in any business development, two skills that are very scarce in today’s entrepreneurs. Joking aside, the largest, most important influence that propelled him into business and gave him the confidence to achieve was Rockefeller’s story, the petroleum magnate who set the standard on how business and innovation will be done in the following ages. More importantly, Rockefeller defined modern philantrophy, using his wealth to finances and establish foundations that would later have break throughts in the field of medicine, education and even scientific research.
With passion in his heart and a head full of knowledge, he became one of the youngest Assistant Vice Presidents in Nations Bank, the predecessor to Bank of America, where he successfully managed multi-million dollar IT projects, IT becoming one of his newest interests.
There’s been even thought times in his life, where he felt like he was overwhelmed by work and might not be able to pull through, but each time he remembered Rockefeller’s work and famous poem which always raised his spirit and gave him that extra-confidence boost he needed:
I was early taught to work as well as play,
My life has been one long, happy holiday;
Full of work and full of play-
I dropped the worry on the way-
And God was good to me everyday.