Life is full of ups and downs.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1813, "An insurrection has begun...... of science, talents and courage." Rank and birth do not matter. For those who aspire to take the lead in life - the following are valuable points of view:
A lively intellectual curiosity, an interest in everything - because everything is really related to everything else.
A genuine interest in what other people think and why they think that way... which means you have to be at peace with yourself for a start.
A special responsibility to envision a future that's different from a straight line projection of the present. Trends are not destiny.
A hunch that most risks are there not to be avoided but to be taken.
A realization that paranoia and self-pity are reserved for people who don't want to be leaders.
A sense of personal responsibility for the general outcome of efforts.
A quality of "unwarranted optimism" - the conviction that there must be some more upbeat outcome than would result from adding up all the available expert advice.
Courtesy Harlan Cleveland US Ambassador to NATO
from his book "Nobody Incharge"
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