New Man Profile – Bob Doll

Bob Doll

Bob Doll

 

“It’s not about the cards we’ve been dealt, but how we play the cards.”

 Bob Doll has been dealt some pretty good cards. As a highly successful money manager, Wall Street executive and media celebrity—he occupies rarified space. If anyone would have reason to be proud of his elite status in a world of elites, it would be Bob. If he demonstrated a little arrogance, we certainly might give him a pass. However, look for pride and arrogance here and you won’t find it. What you will find is a man who, while taking his professional position and responsibility seriously, doesn’t define himself by his business success. He marches to a different drummer and measures himself by another standard.

 Having seen, read and followed Bob’s TV appearances and articles for years, I was a little intimidated when I picked him up at his hotel for a talk he was giving at our weekly men’s breakfast. He appeared with about six inches of early morning financial reports and a worn satchel slung over his shoulder. He greeted me with a hug and the easiest and warmest 7:00 AM smile. This was someone I had known all my life or an old family friend. I’d like to think this had something to do with me, but it had everything to do with Bob—open, warm, humble, loving, focused on my needs rather than his own, and fully giving himself to why he was there. I’ve been fortunate to have known a few men like this in my life who tend to serve as tuning forks for the kind of man I aspire to be.

 C.S. Lewis says something about people like Bob in Mere Christianity, referring to them as “New Men:”

“Already the new men are dotted here and there all over the earth…Every now and then one meets them. Their very voices and faces are different from ours: stronger, quieter, happier, more radiant…You tend to think you are being kind to them when they are really being kind to you. They love you more than other men do, but they need you less. They will usually seem to have a lot of time: you will wonder where it comes from…”

Bob Doll is foremost a Christian—a follower of Jesus Christ. He takes his life as a Christian very seriously. He discussed with us the seven principles he uses to put that “job” into practice: 1. Focus on the best things at the expense of the good. 2. Live a heart-motivated life. 3. Get a grasp on the brevity of life. 4. Remember, it’s not about you. 5. It’s not the cards we’ve been dealt, but how we play the cards. 6. God seeks to answer the deepest desires of our hearts. 7. Live a life of worship.

Live a life of worship. How do we do that? “We all worship something,” Bob said. “I try to live my life with the knowledge that my calendar and my checkbook say a lot about what I worship. How am I spending my time and my money?”

How do you and I measure up to that standard?

Steve Silver PR Photo (Smallest)Yours for the journey,

Steve 

Steve Silver—July 1, 2013

 

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