Tag: Success

President Biden’s Successes


I appreciate that Fox News has published at least two positive endorsements of President Biden’s first year. Other than the weak efforts by poor Jen Psaki to lay out the positives of President Biden’s actions, I had not seen any outside explanations of why we should be glad that Joe Biden is President of the United States.

One of the pieces (Biden Gave a Commanding Performance At His Press Conference) is by Kevin Walling. Unfortunately, the piece is nothing but vague characterizations of events and statements that make accurately measuring and commenting on them difficult. Well, except that Mr. Walling said,

Quote of the Day: True Measure of Success


“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” –Booker T. Washington

Mr. Washington may have been addressing black America in particular, but all of us can benefit from his words.

We nearly always learn as much, if not more, from our roadblocks and difficulties than we learn from our achievements. But the barriers we face, whether out of our control or brought on by ourselves, are frequently seen as negative experiences.

Quote of the Day – Dare to Fail Greatly


Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. – Robert F. Kennedy

Yes, the man who said this is Bobby Kennedy, a man disliked by the right and who should be distrusted by the left. (Robert Kennedy worked for Joe McCarthy and at the time apparently liked the work.) But when someone is right about something, pay attention, perhaps especially if you dislike the person.

Winning With A Bad Hand


I was consulting with a neurologist regarding the recent difficulties I’d been having with my right arm. It had, quite suddenly, stopped doing what my brain told it to do, at least when I told it to toss something underhanded, as when playing horseshoes or juggling. Instead, my hand would pronate or rotate counterclockwise, ultimately hitting me in the rib cage if I fought hard enough against it. 

The neurologist tried to reassure me that the problem manifests itself quite subtlely and that if I weren’t a professional juggler I probably wouldn’t even notice it. 

Quote of the Day – Family and Achievement


There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful business man, or railway man, or farmer, or a successful lawyer or doctor; or a writer, or a President, or a ranchman, or the colonel of a fighting regiment, or to kill grizzly bears and lions. But for unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.  – Theodore Roosevelt

I saw that illustrated this Christmas. It was the first one I spent without my wife of forty years, the previous one being only two weeks before her death. This year, instead of everyone coming to my house, I went to Dallas, to spend Christmas with my oldest son, his bride of sixteen months, and my five-month old granddaughter. My other two sons were there, too. One lives in Fort Worth, the other one came up to the DFW area to spend the weekend with his fiance’s family.

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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill This attitude is one reason Churchill achieved greatness. He was a man who experienced both the triumph of high achievement, and the bitterness of failure while daring greatly. Preview Open

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In this AEI Events PodcastWendy Wang and W. Bradford Wilcox presented their new report, “The millennial success sequence: Marriage, kids, and the ‘success sequence’ among young adults.” This joint report from AEI and the Institute for Family Studies investigates how the sequence of graduating from high school, working full time, and marrying before having children is linked to economic mobility and reduced poverty among millennials.

This podcast features the first of two panel discussions. In this discussion, experts discuss the importance of teaching young adults the benefits of creating stable, married households and having children inside marriage. Panelists include Ron Haskins (Brookings Institution), Annie Lowrey (The Atlantic), and Ian Rowe (Public Prep Network). The discussion is moderated by W. Bradford Wilcox (AEI).

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“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. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always […]

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It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs […]

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The Roaring Success of Chick-fil-A in New York City


Remember when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that Chicago would not welcome a certain chicken sandwich restaurant? Or when Boston Mayor Tom Menino wrote a letter to that same company’s president saying that there was “no place for your company” in Boston? Good times. But in spite of liberal outrage over an executive expressing his views on marriage and sexuality, the hateful bigots at Chick-fil-A have opened a restaurant in Manhattan. And each day the line to enter winds down the sidewalk.

Just another success story the Mainstream Media won’t tell you.

Your humble correspondent’s interviews in line last weekend revealed that patrons were mostly New Yorkers originally from the South, or people who had tried Chick-fil-A previously while in the South. They were loyal, eager, and willing to wait for a few minutes in a line that looked daunting but moved rapidly. All our orders were handled with typical Chick-fil-A courtesy, and we had our order in less than twenty minutes.

Success in the Home Can Compensate For Any Failure


shutterstock_116828941Failure was the ever-present backdrop of my childhood, but not my failures. My Dad excelled at failure.

He was born on January 1, 1923, and weighed in at 13 pounds. Everyone plans and dreams on New Year’s Day and—true to his birth date and his enormous size—Dad was a lifelong planner and dreamer with a can-do spirit. He was an excellent student, amiable, loving, and, in his youth, very handsome. Unfortunately, he was far better at planning and dreaming than executing his plans. He had a lot of mechanical ability. These days, he would have gone to college and perhaps become an engineer, but he was born on a farm in Idaho at a time when hardly anyone went to college. Young men became farmers like their fathers.

When he came of age, he and his three brothers purchased a farm dirt cheap out on the Idaho desert. And yes, it was dirt cheap because it was mostly dirt and sage brush. There were aquifers beneath it for water, though, and the soil was perfect for growing famous Idaho potatoes. The brothers built houses, dug wells, cleared away the sagebrush and planted their fields. Before long, they divvied up the land among them.