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President's day...what our nation's Presidents have taught us.

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"The journey is the reward"  - TAO SAYING


Conquer your fears

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."  When Franklin D. Roosevelt uttered these words at his first inaugural address in 1933, the country was at the height of the Great Depression.  He would go on to take risky moves to pull the nation out of economic crisis and provided strong leadership during wartime.  Being afraid to take risks can keep you from advancing your own career.

Keep your skills current

The Civil War was a turning point in American history, and knowing this, Abraham Lincoln adjusted the presidential role to fit the times by expanding the military, freeing slaves and spending more money.  Sure, he was met with criticism, but he told Congress, "As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew."  Lincoln's ability to react to the changing times made him widely hailed as one of the greatest presidents in history.  You can apply his lessons to your own career by taking classes or undergoing additional training to be sure your skills are up-to-date.

 Learn from your mistakes

All presidents made some mistakes - some of them huge.  What separated the most successful presidents was their ability to learn from their errors, own up to them and then to move on.  Take John F. Kennedy: Shortly after his inauguration, Kennedy approved an invasion into Cuba to topple dictator Fidel Castro.  The Bay of Pigs invasion was a dismal failure, embarrassing the Kennedy administration.  But instead of letting the mortification ruin his career, he simply assumed responsibility - and Americans respected him for it.

Stand out in the pack

Can you list the accomplishments of President Chester Arthur?  You're not alone.  A web site dedicated to Arthur, John Tyler and James Polk hails them as the "forgotten presidents."  In contrast, the accomplishments of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt are permanently etched into Americans' memories (and history books).

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Rate A Home - Saugatuck, MI

Dawn, excellent post and thank you for sharing the history of our Presidents.

BTW, I failed because I didn't recall President Chester Arthur. 


Feb 19, 2008 09:36 PM
Melissa Olson
HOPE Lending LLC - Bellevue, WA
HOPE Lending LLC
Dawn - thank you for sharing.  I too do not remember Arthur.  This did make me think about how I'm applying this to my business.
Feb 20, 2008 06:07 AM
Bob Scarborough
Masterpiece Properties - Kent, WA
hi dawn, nice blog. I hope to have more work for you soon. Bob
Mar 19, 2008 06:18 PM
Covington, WA. Realtor
Keller Williams Eastside - Covington, WA

Dawn, great post. Thanks for reminding us. They are all so true.

You should post more often.

May 07, 2009 07:29 PM