Andrew Carnegie's Gospel of Leisure

The conventional wisdom in today’s corporate, technological, financial culture is that success only comes from marathon workdays and “always on” availability. But as prize-winning historian David Nasaw writes, the great industrialist Andrew Carnegie thought just the opposite, seeking a broader approach to his work life and accumulating a fortune that made him the world’s richest man while working at times an average of four hours a day.


Historically, there is something quite curious about the all-encompassing work ethic of many of today’s masters of the universe. For Andrew Carnegie, at one point the world’s richest man, and many of his robber baron colleagues of the Gilded Age a century …

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