He was unflinching.  He didn’t care about the odds.  He did whatever he determined to do without a moment’s thought of regret or his reputation.  A little over a week ago, Ross Perot died at the age of 89.  He was a billionaire, a  businessman, a philanthropist and an independent presidential candidate.  Independent he was, and although his appearance might have led one to think he was a feisty #13 FCIR, Perot was an organized, self-determined and Left brain dominant #15 FCIL from Texas.  Funny, does that remind anyone of another #15 FCIL with Southern flare who just happened to be a former President from the lone-star state?  Yep, George W. Bush!

Looking into his past, Perot grew up close to his father taking trips to local cattle auctions, where the young Ross soon started buying and selling saddles and other equipment and, later, animals themselves. “I was what they called a day trader,” Perot once said. “You’d buy it in the morning and sell it in the afternoon and make a few dollars’ profit if you were lucky.”  Utilizing those sales skills, Perot started his career years later in the sales department at IBM, where he did extremely well.  Then, in 1962 he founded his first company, Electronic Data Systems, with just $1,000 in savings.  Jump ahead 2 decades, and Perot eventually launched his information technology services provider, Perot Systems, which was acquired in 2009 by Dell for $3.9 billion  Not bad for a country boy!

What Perot is best known for, however, is running for President of the United States in the early 1990s.  Seen as “disruptive”, he won nearly 19% of the vote in the 1992 race, the highest percentage for any third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt!  He was described as “quirky,” and being so well-acquainted with finances, he ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility. “I don’t have any experience in running up a $4 trillion debt,” he once said.  “I don’t have any experience in gridlock government, where nobody takes responsibility for anything and everybody blames everybody else.”  

Take notice that, while also being a country boy from Texas, Mr. Perot was also a lefty, engaging his Right hemisphere more actively than your average #15 (Reagan and Clinton were also lefties).  He was indeed spunky and a free-spirit, while still maintaining strong control of both himself and others, especially during debates. In his parting words during one of his last interviews, Perot jokingly stated regarding himself: “Texas born. Texas bred. When I die, I’ll be Texas dead. Ha!”

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