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When I got to Memphis
To put my ol' baby down
He said, "I can't take you to Heaven"
"I can't save your soul"
"I can't promise forever"
Whoa, yeah, got my heart in your hands
I can't feel
Feel my soul
Just five days after the end of the Civil War,
President Abraham Lincoln
is the final of the six hundred thousand deaths
in America's bloodiest conflict.
The country is divided,
and the world looks at American democracy as a failed experiment.
But what most don't realize
is that a new era has dawned.
The nation is entering an age of advancement,
and from the void left by the death
of perhaps the greatest statesman we will ever know,
a new breed of leader will emerge.
The Rockefellers, the Fords, the Carnegies,
洛克菲勒 福特 卡內基
were the first generation
of what we know as now the entrepreneurial rock stars,
or what are today are the Buffets, and the Jobs, and the Gates.
相當於今天的巴菲特 喬布斯 蓋茨
They were the ones that set the standard for the American dream.
They owned a new frontier-- literally and figuratively--
of who we are as a culture.
Men of insight, innovation, and ingenuity,
the likes of which the world has never seen,
and over the next five decades,
this small group will change history,
propelling the United States of America to greatness.
These were great men with a vision that nobody else had.
And that's why in the last century-- that fifty year period--
we built the world.
For the first time in the country's short existence,
the man most capable of leading America is not a politician.
He's a self-made man, who, through sheer force of will,
turned a poor upbringing on the docks of New York Harbor,
into an empire.
At sixteen, Cornelius Vanderbilt
buys a small ferry boat with a one hundred dollar loan.
He quickly earns a reputation as a cutthroat businessman,
willing to use any means necessary to get ahead.
Back then, it was just pure competition.
My brain against your brain.
My effort against your effort.
You just competed.
That's the way they looked at business.
It was the Wild, Wild West,
and by hook or crook, it was just win or lose,
and the best win.
He was a tough guy.
Getting into scraps with other men,
beating the hell out of them and knocking them unconscious.
That competitive streak, and that toughness,
very much defined his character.
His single ferry soon becomes a fleet of ships,
transporting goods and passengers
to every corner of the growing country.
Vanderbilt will become so synonymous with shipping
that his nickname becomes "The Commodore".
I think Vanderbilt recognized
that what was going to be important is transporting goods
from one place to another.
And he had this idea that required infrastructure,
and not infrastructure the government was going to provide,
but that he was going to provide.
Over the next forty years,
Vanderbilt builds the largest shipping empire in the world.
Then, at the peak of his power,
just before the Civil War, he does the unthinkable.
Work is under way on the first Transcontinental Railroad,
and the Commodore realizes
that its completion will transform America,
slashing cross-country travel time by months.
Railroads were absolutely liberating,
because the railroads allowed cheap
and efficient transportation
from one corner of America to another.
Vanderbilt sees his future.
He sells all of his ships
and invests everything he has in railroads.
You talk about seeing around corners
as an element of success.
That's what differentiates a good leader.
Not many people have it.
Not many people can predict that corner.
That is a characteristic of great leaders.
His decision to invest heavily in rail pays off.
By the end of the war,
Vanderbilt is the richest man in America,
with a net worth of over sixty-eight million dollars,
the equivalent of seventy-five billion today.
But all that money
can't buy his escape from the war's devastation.
In the wake of the Civil War,
a country mourns publicly,
while Vanderbilt does so privately.
The first card is the past,
the second, the present,
and the third is the future.
There has been an unexpected loss.
Someone close to you.
My son. George.
He died in the war.
What about the future?
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