Andrew Carnegie was the founder of the legendary Carnegie Steel Company, who made a vast fortune only to give it all away, becoming the first great entrepreneur turned philanthropist in history, a tradition that was followed by his contemporary, John D. Rockefeller and much later by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
Carnegie always believed in running his Business top capacity and not bothering about the margin. He was always clear to his managers that he wanted his steel factories to operate at full steam, regardless of highs and lows of the economy or other factors. His goal was to be the biggest and the most dominant steel producer in the country, regardless of any external challenges.
What can you learn from this? Greatness can never be achieved if you are too moderate with your ambitions or too Conservative. To achieve greatness, you must stretch you capacity to the maximum.
Don’t worry about temporary pitfalls; always focus on a larger goal.
(taken from http://www.liverix.com/4-business-lessons-you-can-learn-from-andrew-carnegie)