It has been said that Man’s greatest fear is to be forgotten, and so we toil and strive to build something of ourselves with the indefinite amount of time that we have been given. To Leave Our Mark on the world, as if to say, “Don’t Forget Me”. All of us will undoubtedly leave an imprint of ourselves behind, but for a few, their Mark is deep and lasting, never to be forgotten.
In honor of President’s Day, we felt it appropriate to look back in history to learn from some of these Presidential Mark Makers on what it means, and how, to “Leave Your Mark”.
John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”
Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837: “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in”
Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.”
Teddy Roosevelt, 1901-1909: “We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage”
Eleanor Roosevelt: “When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted”
William Taft, 1909-1903: “Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood”
Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929: “Nothing in the world can take place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb… Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945: “Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you”
Jimmy Carter, Jr., 1977-1981: “Piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose”
Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989: “The future does not belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave.”
Barack Obama, 2009-Present: “One voice can change a room. And if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”
Michelle Obama: “It’s not about how much money you make, it’s about how much difference you make in people’s lives”
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