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JFK on leading through criticism

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Here’s a lesson from John F. Kennedy on how to press on through the din of detractors:

At one point during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Kennedy reached into his pocket and read aloud a verse he attributed to a Spanish torero or matador:

Bullfight critics, row on row,
Crowd the enormous plaza full.
But only one is there who knows,
And he’s the one who fights the bull.

— Adapted from High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Max Frankel, Ballantine Books.

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