Universal principles apply to anyone that steps into the position of leading others. Whether we lead a company, a team, or a household, we can all benefit from the experiences and insights of those that have bravely stepped into the position of leading our country. 

On Mindset

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." ~Thomas Jefferson 

"If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you." ~Calvin Coolidge

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Pessimism never won any battle." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." ~John F. Kennedy

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing." ~Abraham Lincoln

On Community & Circles of Influence

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." ~George Washington

"Never waste a minute thinking about people you don't like." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are a leader." ~John Quincy Adams

On Persistence & Resilience

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." ~Calvin Coolidge

"In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins." ~General Ulysses S. Grant

"In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest." ~William McKinley

"Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you'll still beat the pack." ~Gerald Ford

"The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph." ~George Washington

On Ethics & Taking a Stand

"Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error." ~Andrew Jackson

"An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory;" ~Millard Fillmore

"If you always support the correct principles, then you will never get the wrong results." ~Andrew Johnson

"Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement." ~Grover Cleveland

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power" ~Abraham Lincoln

"Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met - obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty." ~John F. Kennedy

The Gift of This Nation and Our Freedom

Finally, on this holiday, let's all take a moment to recall why the United States was founded, and what our rights and obligations are to protect our ability to pursue the American Dream.

"The founding of our Nation was more than a political event. It was an act of faith, a promise to Americans and to the entire world. The Declaration of Independence declared that people can govern themselves, that they live in freedom with equal rights, and that they can respect the rights of others." ~Gerald Ford

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Published on: Feb 19, 2018
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