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The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success--by Putting Passion into Your Life and Work by Joe Plumeri

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Principle 5

Look Up, Not Down

We all go through tough times that test our ability to rise above negativity and disappointment but ultimately prove to us the power of staying positive and looking for great things to happen for us. For me Chris’s death was such a time. My grief knew no bounds, and turning to work was no solution either. This was during the years when I was working for the insurance broker Willis. I made the largest deal in the brokerage industry in a decade the same year Chris died by buying the US insurance brokerage firm Hib, Rogal & Hobbs for more than $2 billion. It might have worked out as a great deal, but I bought HRH at what turned out to be the worst possible time—late 2008.

We announced the deal that June, and the actual ...

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