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Pursuing Greatness

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You cannot pursue greatness and comfort at the same time.   Todd Henry

There are two thoughts I have about this.

First, Todd Henry is right.
Greatness is never achieved by the comfortable. Greatness is achieved through hard work, discipline, sacrifice, struggle, failure (learning opportunity), diligence, persistence, resilience... sustained over time. Our "comfort oriented" culture will inevitably see a decline in greatness. We already do see such a decline. You will never stumble upon nor stroll into greatness.

 

The Ten Lessons of Political Greatness


The Soul of a Leader by Waller Newell was a great book... long, detailed... but highly readable and more - VERY GOOD. The final pages of his book summarize the Ten Lessons of Political Greatness. After a long tour through modern American Presidents, then a visit to Lincoln and Napoleon, followed by a look at the ancient Greek democracies, Waller Newell gives his summary. I hope these have at least some power for you who probably have not read his book. Here they are with little or no explanation.

1.  Character trumps brains, or at least formal education.

2.  Inspiring rhetoric is necessary, but only in moderation.

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