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John Angelo, the 74-year-old New Yorker that led $25 billion financial investment company Angelo Gordon and Co., died Friday, January 1, after a battle with cancer.

He cofounded Angelo Gordon and led the firm for 27 years, and also served on the board of directors at public auction residence Sotheby’s.

Angelo went back to his university, St. Lawrence College in New york city, 10 months ago to give the 2015 commencement speech. There, he described to grads just what he learned in his years on Wall surface Street.

Doing what you love is part of it, he clarified. A big component of doing just what you enjoy is making sure you’re great sufficient at something that you like to do it. He said:

The truth is we often enjoy just what we excel at. I guarantee you, that each of you has a skill or skill that is special, that no one else has. Pursue just what you excel at, discover what you do far better than anyone else. And also if you do that, you will uncover just what you love. As well as soon as you dig in to the point you enjoy and also excel at, the future will come much more conveniently and also barriers will certainly fall away.

Do not be scared to fall short. If you don’t fail you have not taken opportunities. When you do fall short discover from it. And also if you fall a minimum of fall ahead better to your goal.

Never quit on yourselves, never. Life could bring hard times, however keep in mind that coming from St. Lawrence is a critical asset for you. Remain in touch with your close friends, look for each various other out as the years roll on and also aid each various other. Keep in mind that in this nation the sky is the limit.

Angelo, over the initial only a few years of his profession dealing with the bond flooring of the New York Stock Exchange, determined an only a few things regarding himself that he says schools can not show. He stated:

1. I discovered the language of finance
2. I learned to speak quickly
3. I could possibly make mathematical decisions quickly
4. I discovered that I might multitask

These are not things that are shown to you in university or business school. However these are the capability of a trader in the last fifty percent of the 20th century. I never knew I had these skills.

Last however not the very least, Angelo had one fantastic item of knowledge that puts on both newly produced grads and experienced veterinarians: ‘The harder you function, the luckier you obtain.’