Monday, June 14, 2004

What We Do

The New York Times reports: "In a global poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2002, 65 percent of Americans said their success depended on forces within their control, more than double the percentage in old world countries like Italy and Germany, and triple that of India, Turkey or Pakistan."

Accompanying this in the print edition was a magnificent chart showing how this question fared internationally. Americans believe in their own ability to control their own destiny to the greatest extent, with the usual suspect countries--poor, backward, and cowering under the jackboot of their local dictator and his thugs--having very little belief in their own destiny.

Beliefs have a way of becoming reality. If you believe there is some hope for a better future and that there is a point in getting up and doing what needs to be done, you are likely to cause that better future to become reality.

This is why we succeed.


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