Even though I think Obama is leading our country down the wrong path (like those that preceded him), I have no problem admitting when he does something right.

I was delighted last night to read his speech to schoolchildren and see what a thoughtful, intelligent speech it was.  I encourage you to read it, no matter what your political leanings.

Highlights:

  • Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
  • Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn.
  • Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
  • Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new.
  • I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do.

It’s rare for a politician to speak of personal responsibility and any effort to broadcast this message, however diluted, should be welcomed.

Obama is a disaster with his economic advisers, but a masterful speech giver and motivator.  He understands the power of making a positive impression.

Neatness and presentation count in all aspects of life.  Be Prepared.

TakeawaySuccessful men aren’t symbols of your inferiority, they’re examples worth engaging.  Learn from everyone around you; even those you hate.

“Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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