Robert Smith

PRI­VATE EQ­UITY BIL­LION­AIRE: FOUNDER, VISTA EQ­UITY PART­NERS

Forbes - - CON­TENTS -

My train­ing as a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer sharp­ened my pas­sion for com­plex sys­tems—for un­der­stand­ing them, de­con­struct­ing them and find­ing their equi­lib­rium. But while I found beauty in the ab­so­lute truth of ma­chines in the class­room, I found pur­pose in the messi­ness of hu­man in­ter­ac­tions in the real world. What­ever drives us, we all de­rive hap­pi­ness from find­ing pur­pose. We find joy in think­ing, do­ing and dis­cov­er­ing—in im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives and cat­alyz­ing pos­i­tive change in the world. And in this age of in­tel­lec­tual cap­i­tal, where brain­power is the world’s most val­ued cur­rency, the op­por­tu­nity to find pur­pose—and cre­ate value that aligns with our val­ues—has never been greater.

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