Extraordinary Minute- July 31, 2013

By: Robert White Wednesday July 31, 2013 comments

“To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps, to God; or to Gods.  We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love, and die.  The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrows, is always a measure of what has gone before.”

                                                                      Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, civil rights activist and yes, openly anti-Semitic Ms. Walker reminds us here that we have individual and collective histories.  One can embrace and learn from our forebearers or, following some aspects of popular culture, we can act as if we were some kind of originals.

I’ve become increasingly interested in history; my personal history, world history and even economic history.  I want to learn from what came before, what worked and what didn’t work in advancing opportunity, relationships and peace.

The philosopher George Santayana said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  There’s some real value in reflecting on that piece of wisdom.  The recent success of books about Lincoln and JFK by Bill O’Reilly indicates a renewed interest in history when the stories are told in an engaging, lively way.

What are you reading this summer?

With love and respect,

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Robert White

About the Author: Robert White

Robert White is a Speaker, Author, Leadership Trainer and Executive Mentor who teaches the art and science of mastering executive challenges. He specializes in integrating a heart centered, result-oriented and transformational leadership approach to being effective. His experience includes founding and leading companies doing high-impact experiential learning events with over one million graduates.

Robert’s culture change work has been praised by corporations like JPMorganChase, Progressive Insurance, Duke Energy and The American Cancer Society.

Additionally top business experts and authors Ken Blanchard, Jimmy Calano, Kathy Gardarian, and Robert Wright, plus thousands of training and mentoring clients, have endorsed his professional knowledge and skills.

Robert authored the best-seller “Living an Extraordinary Life” available in English and Mandarin. He is a contributing author to “Being Fuller” a compilation from students of Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller and “One World, One People,” a photo journal of mankind’s journey to oneness.

Today you’ll find him speaking at conferences, hosting masterminds, mentoring today’s emerging business leaders and teaching everything he knows about fostering entrepreneurial success and building an entrepreneurial mindset in established, growth-oriented companies.

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