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The Most Powerful Lessons In Life

by Bernie Swain
We receive and absorb good advice and lessons about life and success from countless resources: business executives, thought leaders, and achievers of all kinds. These lessons go a long way to supplying us with the experience and knowledge of others that we can use in our own lives.  A general sampling of those lessons includes (1) lead by example, (2) focus on what is important, (3) be positive, (4) accept failure and adversity as part of learning, and (5) embrace … Continue reading "The Most Powerful Lessons In Life"

Brian Mulroney – From Humble Beginnings

by Bernie Swain
A Canadian politician, Brian Mulroney, came from humble beginnings and a father that valued education. Brian was the 18th Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993. As Prime Minister he brought about major economic reform. Early Family My father, Benedict Martin Mulroney, was from a small village outside Quebec City. He worked as an electrician. My mother, Mary Irene O’Shea, was from a neighboring village. Both were descendants of the first wave of Irish immigrants … Continue reading "Brian Mulroney – From Humble Beginnings"

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Melody Barnes – A Life That Was Well Lived

by Bernie Swain
As a lawyer and political advisor, Melody Barnes served as an aide and chief counsel to Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy. She also worked on the 2008 Obama campaign and was appointed the Director of Domestic Policy Council. I grew up in Richmond, Virginia. My family was middle-class, and I had a happy childhood. But growing up African-American in the South I was always aware of those who came before me and paved the way. I think about my parents and … Continue reading "Melody Barnes – A Life That Was Well Lived"

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Going National – Jon Huntsman Jr. Part 2

by Bernie Swain
In a previous post, Jon walked us through running a positive campaign when he ran and was elected governor of Utah. Now he explains what happened when his political career grew and he became hopeful to win the Republican nominee for president. Running for president is a humbling experience. It draws you close to the roots of American politics. You develop an appreciation for the people who turn out for a town hall meeting without being compelled by anything other … Continue reading "Going National – Jon Huntsman Jr. Part 2"

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John Amatt – Climbing Everest

by Bernie Swain
For over 30 years, John Amatt has led expeditions to remote regions of Northern Norway, Peru, Nepal, China, Greenland and has explored areas of the Arctic on six occasions, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks. Climbing Everest soon became the ultimate goal, and John pulled together a Canadian team that would obtain achieve just that.   I grew up in England. My father was a bank executive, and my mother was a full-time homemaker. They were both conservative … Continue reading "John Amatt – Climbing Everest"