Robert F. Smith’s Top 10 Rules For Success

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He’s the founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, an investment firm with over $26 billion in assets as of September 2016.

He’s ranked by Forbes as the 268th richest person in America.

He has an estimated net worth of $3 billion USD as of September 2016.

He’s Robert F. Smith and here is my take on his Top 10 Rules for Success.


1. Develop your mind
He was born to two parents with PhDs, who were school teachers.

2. Trust yourself
He grew up in a mostly African American, middle class neighborhood in Denver, and attended a newly-integrated school.

3. Know your self worth
He trained as an engineer at Cornell University, earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

4. Act on your intentions
After working at Kraft General Foods, where he earned two United States and two European patents, he attended Columbia Business School.

5. Dream big
From 1994-2000, he joined Goldman Sachs in tech investment banking, first in New York and then in Silicon Valley.

6. Be committed to your career
As Co-Head of Enterprise Systems and Storage, he executed and advised on over $50B in merger and acquisition activity.

7. Find your drive
He was the first person at Goldman Sachs to focus solely on Tech M&A and foreign countries.

8. Enjoy figuring things out
In 2000, Smith founded Vista Equity Partners, of which he is the Founder, Chairman and CEO.

9. Perfect your craft
In January 2015, based on its performance over the last 10 years, Vista Equity Partners was named the world’s #1 performing private equity firm.

10. Develop grit
He was named the Board Chairman of the 125-year-old Carnegie Hall; the first African American to hold that position.


40 Kommentare

  1. Rocky Unlimited sagt:

    “ You can make more money being smart than you can being strong or fast.“

  2. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Thank you for watching and for the comment. 🙂 #BelieveNation #BTA604 Shine

  3. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Thanks for posting the quote and for watching Ms Marks. 🙂 #BelieveNation #BTA604 Shine


    I love how he said can’t say you want to be the best and don’t practice! – MESSAGE, DELIVERED, RECEIVED. YOUR ACTION LEAD TO YOUR OWN OUTCOME.

  5. „If u cant solve small problems now u cant solve the bigger one’s later“

  6. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. #BTA590 Shine

  7. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    As per American history, there are many people there who have African heritage. I hope you learned something from the video that you can apply. All the best! #BTA589 Shine

  8. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Thanks for the comment and for watching icaro. #Believe #BTA588 Shine

  9. Archie Djabatey sagt:

    I can tell he doesn’t invest in real estste. poor advice on real estste he gave in number 1. real estate makes average Joe’s millionaires

  10. The one you love to hate sagt:

    African American? A lot of people seem to have been born in Africa and then migrated to America.

  11. icaro Cavalcanti sagt:


  12. truckdirty sagt:

    Is this your quote, or was it in the video? I just want to be able to give credit to the correct person.

  13. Blair Franklin sagt:

    Trust yourself and put in the time.

  14. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Great to know you learned valuable life lessons from him Edward. 🙂 #BelieveNation #BTA576 Shine

  15. Edward Clay sagt:

    A very talented and brilliant man! Just by listening to him he’s taught me some valuable life lessons!

  16. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Thanks for the comment and for watching Gretchen. 🙂 #BelieveNation #BTA572 Shine

  17. Gretchen Kahre MA sagt:

    „You need to know your history but not be bound by it“. Dream Big

  18. Niki Simply sagt:

    I love the diverse selection of interviewees Evan! Thanks, keep it up! 🙂

  19. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Evan is in Instagram and Twitter – @EvanCarmichael – he is focused on YouTube though but he posts there too. 🙂 #BTA553 Shine

  20. Lawrence Charles sagt:

    And someone taking the time, in the case of Robert Smith, led me to check your work out. #threadlife

  21. Lawrence Charles sagt:

    You got it! Great work! Are you on Instagram and Twitter? Prob should check your profile 🙂

  22. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Cool to know about that Lawrence. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for watching! #Believe #BTA550 Shine

  23. Lawrence Charles sagt:

    „You need to have guides along the way. At least if you’re a person of color.“

    Thank you so much for profiling Mr. Smith. I didn’t actually know much about him until he liked a couple of my Instagram posts and started following me. I take interest in every follower and am humbled by the follows. Now that I know more about Mr. Smith, I am incredibly humbled.

    Again, thank you for sharing!


    I love love Robert F Smith. Awesome

  25. Macon Acquisitions sagt:

    JAMES DUNN How naive can you be? All of our sciences came from blacks. Blacks were involved in science, medicine, engineering,…. thousands of years before we even existed.

  26. Macon Acquisitions sagt:

    All of our sciences came from blacks. Blacks were involved in science, medicine, engineering,…. thousands of years before we even existed.

  27. Ronnie James sagt:

    non conformist will find this feed very enlightening and motivational …it will definitely make you ask the question , when was the last time „you“ had an original thought

  28. Jazzy Jams sagt:

    Evan Carmichael You are doing such a good job being a reporter, it was my pleasure to comment. Hope you have time to check out my music fan page.

  29. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Thanks for watching and for the comment. 🙂 #BTA387 Shine

  30. Jazzy Jams sagt:

    Be persistently consistent or consistently persistent. Lol! / JazzyJams

  31. Rebecca Day sagt:

    My favorite: #10. Develop Grit.

  32. ReallyStrongGuy sagt:

    andre bryant I get your point, but all kids want to be sports stars… For whatever reason, most of our kids think being an entertainer is the only way, which is so unlikely… Odds are much better for a business person.

  33. Tanya Dennis sagt:

    Be willing to take risks and do things differently. Create something that is big and lasting. Have the desire to be great.

  34. andre bryant sagt:

    yeah but this dude is not the norm.. he obviously wanted to be a sports guy but didn’t have the tools… people make it how they can so stop criticizing sports stars although it’s stereotypes involved no one criticizes white athletes with same goals.

  35. JAMES DUNN sagt:

    Your points are well taken. I may be a little jaded.

  36. James Unn, That’s been proven. What he proved is a black man shouldm’t wait for others to live his dreams. Especially, validation from white people. More importantly, he showed how to get paid for your labor and intellectual capital and not be robbed which blacks have been getting for over four hundrend years.

  37. Evan Carmichael sagt:

    Thanks for the appreciation and for watching Jay. 🙂 #BelieveNation #BTA333 Shine

  38. JAMES DUNN sagt:

    This man is amazing. He:

    1. Proved that a Black man can be successful without being a performer or a sports superstar. Make more money being smarter than by being strong or fast.
    2. Became an „overnight“ sensation after years of hard work.
    3. There is more to him than just „business as usual.“
    4. Gives back to the „community“.

    „Dream Big,“ „Act on your intentions,“ and „Develop grit“ all, go hand-in-hand.

    Evan, thank you again, for consistently introducing me to positive, success people.

  39. what I see through black eyes sagt:

    Thanks Evan for showing positive influences of black men that or success by other things besides being football players, basketball players, and rappers

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