What he learned from his mother
Herb Kelleher had a strong bond with his mother, as his father had died in 1943 at a fairly young age. He has reflected on the influence Ruth Kelleher had on his life a number of times.
He and his mother used to sit up late at night talking of all sorts of issues and topics. She was the biggest influence in how he developed his work ethic.
In an interview he said: "My mother said that positions and titles signify absolutely nothing. They're just adornments; they don't represent the substance of anybody."
Herb had a wise mother, and it's something we all need to take into consideration. It's the substance of who people are within that counts the most.
Some of the other things Ruth Kelleher taught Herb:
Reward what we value
On Thursday, Chicago Bears' linebacker Brian Urlacher received the Brian Piccolo Award for the second time. He received the award as a rookie in 2000 as well.
Brian Piccolo was a running back for the Bears who died of a rare form of cancer in 1970, whose story was told in the movie, "Brian's Song." The story highlights the friendship and support Piccolo and Gale Sayers had for each other. Sayers was a great Chicago running back.
The award is give to those who most exemplify what Brian Piccolo represented: courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, calling the ethanol mandate by the federal goverment "misguided," has sought approval to get a waiver on the renewable fuel standard; seeking a cut of half the biofuel mandate.
Perry said, "The artificial demand for grain-derived ethanol is devastating the livestock industry in Texas and needlessly creating a negative impact on our state's otherwise strong economy while driving up food prices around the world."
This is why any government in the world needs to stay out of the marketplace. They have no idea of the usual "unintended consequences" they release from their "good intentions."
Those good intentions are always accompanied by the hope of votes for their valient efforts to save the people; which efforts are usually destructive, but spun to blame others. That's already happening in the ethanol debacle which is causing so much pain in its impact on food prices across the world.