If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

—John Quincy Adams, Second President of the United States


Of the best leaders, the people only know they exist; the next best they love and praise; the next they fear; and the next they revile. When they do not command the people’s faith, some will lose faith in them, and then they resort to oaths! But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, ‘we have done it ourselves.’

—Lao-Tzu, Chinese philosopher, sixth century B.C.E.

The Story of Ali and Smith

We begin our book with a story, one told by our good friend, Sohail:

I know this young chap by the name of Ali. After ...

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