What would Leonard Lauder do?


The 86-year-old chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder
Companies offers advice on how to live your best life

What piece of advice would you give your 16-year-old self? Your heart knows what your head can barely comprehend.

Listen to your heart – it will always send
you in the right direction.
What is your email policy? Kiss: keep it short, stupid. I’m stressed and tired, what should I do?

Take a nap! It always works. Which phrase do you overuse?

This, that and the third thing.
Do you use emojis? If so, which one do you use the most? I do. The smiley face.
I’ve just enjoyed a wonderful weekend at a friend’s home.

What’s the best way to thank them? A handwritten letter or phone call – never an email.
What is the best advice you have ever received?

Always do the right thing. And stay on course – don’t waffle.
If you were President of the United States for the day, what would you do?

I’d call the leaders of the house and senate together and tell them that the only legislation I’ll sign has to be bipartisan – even if it’s the decision
that apple pie will be the national pie.
Which newspapers and magazines should I take?

The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Guardian, and The Economist.

Do you wear cologne? And, if so, which one?

Yes, Aramis. You once hitchhiked around New England.

what makes a successful hitchhiker?
Look sharp and like the kid next door.
If I want to set up a business, where should I start?

If you dream, you’ll be amazed at how your dreams can become successful.
To start the day right, what should I eat for breakfast?

A toasted bran muffin, one egg, over easy, and black coffee.
Who makes the best chocolate in the world?
R Chocolate London – I love the Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate.
What is your greatest luxury?
A good night’s sleep.


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