Monday, March 15, 2010


In the epilogue to Paul Johnson's biography of Winston Churchill, he offers up five lessons from Churchill's life that we can all learn from:

* Always aim high.

* There is no substitute for hard work.

* Never allow mistakes, disaster-personal or national-accidents, illness, unpopularity, and criticism to get you down.

* Don't waste time on the meannesses of life: recrimination, shifting the blame onto others, malice, revenge seeking, dirty tricks, spreading rumors, harboring grudges, waging vendettas.

* Leave plenty of room for joy in your life. Share and give joy.

None of us can realistically ever hope to equal the life of a man like Churchill. But, as Johnson shows, there are aspects of it that we would well to strive to emulate in our manner and circumstances.

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