Columbia Alumni Inducted into Crain's Hall of Fame: Read Their Secrets of Success

Way to go, Columbia alumni!

Two Columbia Business School alumni and a Columbia College graduate recently were inducted into the prestigious Crain's Hall of Fame 2015. 

The inductees, who shared their secrets of success with the publication, are honored for "decades of groundbreaking accomplishments," Crain's reported.

Advertising executive and inductee Shelly Lazarus '70BUS told Crain's you need to have a team that believes in you and people who can work together.

"Without the people around you, you are never going to be successful," she said.  

Alan J. Patricof '57BUS, co-founder and managing director of Greycroft, LLC, advises picking a career you're passionate about.

"You need to choose a path or a product that gives you energy -- that gets your juices flowing," he told Crain's.

Richard Ravitch '55CC, principal at Ravitch Rice & Company, has a bit of lighthearted advice: Trust your dumb luck.

"Don't worry about the future," he explained to Crain's. "It'll happen in ways you couldn't possibly predict." 

Ravitch admitted he has made mistakes in his career, but "is the luckiest guy in the world."

I made mistakes, I screwed up, but I have a wonderful family, I live comfortably and I have earned experience with which I helped others," he said.

Visit Crain's to read more about these awesome Columbians.


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