“There is but one use of power, and that is to serve people.”

—George H. W. Bush

The discipline of control, of self-control and self-responsibility, is the true mark of the leader and of the exceptional person in every area. The fact is that you feel positive about yourself to the degree to which you feel in control of yourself and of your life. You feel negative about yourself, and stressed in your work when you feel you are not in control, or that you are controlled by other people or circumstances. Psychologists refer to this “sense of control” as what happens when you feel largely able to handle what happens to you.

Various international surveys measure the percentage of the population that feels in control ...

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