In his 66 years on this planet, entrepreneur Arthur Becker has learned that often nothing comes easy in life. He has learned that in order to appropriately handle life’s setbacks you need to persevere and have effective coping skills. In his years working as a stockbroker for Bear Stearns along with his investment activities Becker has definitely rolled with the punches and learned how to take a hit.
One of the biggest issues he is currently facing would be his very-public split with his wife, artist Vera Wang. He was married to her for over twenty years until they separated in 2012. Even though the couple could eventually be headed for divorce, Mr. Becker realizes there is hope for the future either way.
First of all, Becker knows he should enjoy the simpler things in life. He realizes the fact that he has two healthy daughters – currently aged 25 and 22 – with Wang is a huge blessing and one that shouldn’t be taken for granted. He both of his daughters attended a ceremony in France for his estranged wife where she received the highest French honor, the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor) for her tireless work as a fashion designer. Arthur Becker knows this is reminiscent of just how supportive his family can be. There is no question Mr. Becker is thankful everyone is on good terms.
Becker also realizes that there will be times where investments will go sour as well. He can now fondly recall the time he pooled all of his money into a venture that was selling binoculars. The specialized equipment was called BNOX but it did not take off. In his the Real Deal interview, Becker’s theory is that people didn’t like the design of the product and fiddling with the focus. However, much like other setbacks Becker can look on this with fondness because he developed a habit of buying little toy soldiers with binoculars as a result of it.
Turning negatives into positives are the hallmark of a serious entrepreneur, and this is something Arthur Becker has done his whole entire life.