Roosevelt went nearly berserk and told Riis that he had just asked him a terrible question. He then went on to explain to Riis, who was actually a close friend, that if he began to consider how every action he took might affect his political future, he would become paralyzed and actually defeat himself, whether he ever became president or not.
Lesson: Cultivate the courage to act in the present, without considering how those actions might affect your political future.
—Adapted from Theodore Roosevelt on , James Strock, Prima.
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