The Bellwether, October 1 2023

A Ritual Steeped in History

the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The birth of the cigar-smoking ritual during these times signifies a shift in how success was perceived and celebrated. When a child was born, fathers would hand out cigars to friends and family as a symbol of their joy and anticipation for the child's bright future. It was a gesture that celebrated the continuity of their legacy and the hope for their child's success. In this act, cigars became a symbol of hope, optimism, and the promise of a better tomorrow. Likewise, cigars became a staple in the victory celebrations of entrepreneurs, athletes, and leaders. After a long-fought battle, whether it was in the boardroom or on the field, lighting up a cigar signified the culmination of relentless effort and the taste of triumph. The ritual was a testament to unwavering determination and the sweet satisfaction of achieving one's goals.

The association between cigars and success has deep historical roots. Cigars, dating back to the Mayan civilization in 600 AD, have been a symbol of celebration, a mark of prestige, and a symbol of power throughout the ages. However, it wasn't until the late 19th century that cigars became closely linked with entrepreneurial triumph. In 1889, the legendary financier and industrialist, J.P. Morgan, was photographed with a cigar in hand, exuding an air of unassailable confidence. This image captured the essence of the emerging business elite—men who commanded empires, forged deals, and shaped industries. The cigar became a metaphor for their success—a declaration that they had arrived.

The Mindfulness of Cigar Smoking

But the cigar ritual isn't just about celebration; it's about mindfulness and the art of slowing down. Smoking a cigar demands time, attention, and reflection. In our fast- paced world, where entrepreneurs are often consumed by emails, meetings, and deadlines, the act of enjoying a cigar becomes a moment of respite. As you sit in a leather armchair, cut and light your cigar, you enter a state of mindfulness. You savor the aroma, appreciate the craftsmanship, and engage in a meaningful conversation. It's a moment of reflection, a pause that allows you to clear your mind, reevaluate your strategies, and find inspiration. Page 21

A Cigar for Birth and Victory

The tradition of celebrating both the birth of a child and a major triumph with cigars can be traced back to

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