Life Is Our Greatest Teacher

by Bernie Swain
Dream Big, Work Hard, and Never Give Up. Great inspiration, but it is not enough to help us succeed in life. There is one lesson, more important than all others, that I have learned representing great leaders and achievers of all kinds. Life is our greatest teacher. Every day, life presents us with learning opportunities, decisions or forks in the road where we can take one path or another. They appear as the people who uniquely come into our lives, … Continue reading "Life Is Our Greatest Teacher"

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Mike McCurry – Finding Religion and Humor

by Bernie Swain
Mike McCurry was Bill Clinton’s Press Secretary, at a time when that position was much different. Here he details how humor is a unifying force and finding religion helps him fight for the common good. My family has always had a deep commitment to politics and public service. We talked about the issues of the day around the dinner table. I never saw the government as the enemy; I saw it as an ally. There was no cynicism in our … Continue reading "Mike McCurry – Finding Religion and Humor"

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Mark Russell- “Retirement Was Boring.”

by Bernie Swain
As an American political satirist, Mark Russell is best known for his parody music. He wears his signature bowtie and incorporates political happenings into his music. ______________________________________________________ When people ask me how I got my start, I tell them I was born on August 23, 1932, which means that on the previous Thanksgiving my parents jumped into bed to get warm. It makes sense – they lived in Buffalo, New York. My given name is Marcus Joseph Ruslander, Jr. My … Continue reading "Mark Russell- “Retirement Was Boring.”"

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Leon Panetta – “Dodging Nuts and Greatest Influences”

by Bernie Swain
As an American statesman, Leon Panetta has served in various public service roles—Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA and White House Chief of Staff to name a few. Here he explains how his Italian immigrant parents, and a few other factors, had an everlasting influence on his life. I’m the son of Italian immigrants who, like millions of others, made their way to the United States in the early 1930s. My parents, who came from Calabria, Italy. They spoke … Continue reading "Leon Panetta – “Dodging Nuts and Greatest Influences”"

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Kevin Carroll – Priceless Discipline

by Bernie Swain
Kevin has been an inspiration to everyone from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren. His life and the lessons he learned teach us to embrace the spirit of play and creativity. The year was 1964. The place was my first-grade classroom in Philadelphia. I was sitting at my desk when the teacher was called out of the room. After a couple of minutes, she came back in and walked over to me, leaned down, and told me … Continue reading "Kevin Carroll – Priceless Discipline"