‘Best Advice I Ever Got’ Series 18 - David Neeleman, CEO of Jet Blue

9 02 2007

David Neeleson

“I’m a God-fearing guy. And the best advice I ever got came from the head of our [Mormon] church, Gordon B. Hinkley. It was when we were going public in 2001, and I was caught up in the money, power, and glory. He cut me right down to size. In a conference where he was speaking, he reminded me, ‘It’s all about your family, your relationships. You’ve got to balance that with your work.’

“Balance your work with your family.” CEO of JetBlue - David Neeleman, 44

“So I set rules to be with my family and to keep everyone from encroaching on my time. I keep weekends as free as humanly possible. I try to make it home in time for nightly Scripture study and prayer as a family, and I try to make sure to take some good vacations when my kids are out of school. Those rules have had a positive effect on the business. I’ve seen so many people who have neglected their families. Now their kids are giving them trouble, so they’re distracted. If you have a closer family, you can be a lot more focused when you’re at work.”

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