Most people who know me are aware that I love American history. Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin and George Washington are three of my favorite historic figures. I have enjoyed reading their biographies and appreciating their accomplishments.
Abe Lincoln, for example, did what he did because he believed it was right. The innovation and accomplishments of Ben Franklin were nothing less than extraordinary. George Washington’s military leadership accomplishments remain awe-inspiring to this day. All three had such vision and incredibly strong commitment to those visions. Each was willing to take a stand even in extremely difficult situations.
Something I find most impressive is realizing what they did when they did it. Today, we are creatures of comfort. The world is at our fingertips with the click of a few buttons. We can discover virtually anything we want to know within seconds. Communication occurs instantly. There is very little waiting and we are ultra-connected to the support of vendors, employees, family, clients and friends. We are practically never untethered.
Lincoln, Franklin and, particularly, Washington did what they did — great things, historic things, spectacular things — within a context and time that we in 21st century America would find unbearably slow and inconvenient. Imagine trying to emulate some of their accomplishments today without modern technology.
One cannot help but be amazed by the accomplishments of people like Washington, Lincoln and Franklin. But when you think about the adversities and inconveniences they navigated to achieve these accomplishments, it is downright humbling.
What are you doing to learn from our country’s history?