Quora Saturday: Admirable leaders, Nelson Mandela, revolutionary leaders, and lessons learned the hard way
Continuing my Saturday series on posting my answers to questions from Quora, here are my next questions answered:
- Among the leaders of the world, who do you admire the most?
- How do you strive to make every day Mandela Day?
- Who is the most successful revolutionary leader in past 100 years?
- What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
Q: Among the leaders of the world, who do you admire the most?
A: Of leaders alive today, I donâ€™t consider any on par with successful historic leaders of the past like Mandela, King, Lincoln, Washington, and so on.
Itâ€™s a major problem that, I believe, shows big cultural problems. I think the most critical problem is in our educational system that promotes following, not leading. At least thatâ€™s where Iâ€™m acting to help change things.
Q: How do you strive to make every day Mandela Day?
A: I donâ€™t know about making every day Mandela Day, but Iâ€™m in the middle of his autobiography and if you havenâ€™t read it, you wonâ€™t regret reading what he wrote about his life.
There are also many documentaries on him free online with a quick search. A bunch show up here, for example.
Q: Who is the most successful revolutionary leader in past 100 years?
A: Nelson Mandela, in my opinion.
I donâ€™t know of any leader who achieved all their goals, and he didnâ€™t achieve all of his, nor does everyone agree with him on everything, but he achieved a lot, including a change in power structure, not just the name of who was in power. His influence was global in his lifetime and his legacy continues to grow.
Q: What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
A: All of them.
That is, every life lesson I learned, I learned through experience, never from a book, someone elseâ€™s story, or anything passive like that.
What I learned from books and othersâ€™ experiences I wouldnâ€™t call life lessons. Theyâ€™re facts and knowledge.
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