Pushing to the Front

Flying Kites at Cesar Chavez Park.

Flying Kites at Cesar Chavez Park. (Photo credit: adhocbot)

Most persistent among the book’s themes is that character is built by adversity, or as Winston Churchill put it, “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

If there were no difficulties there would be no success.” Burdens make us try harder to lift them and we get stronger as a result, while the person who has none need do little.

Genius, when you look more closely at it, usually turns out to be the result of uncommon dedication to a task.

When Alexander the Great was asked how he had conquered the world, he is said to have replied, “By not wavering.” We cleave to the person who has the firmest resolve, who knows who they are and what they stand for.

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.

Tom Butler-Bowdon 

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