Be Hopeful

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”—Martin Luther

IN HER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS at George Mason University in December 2013, Anousheh Ansari told the graduates how she had dreamed of going into space as a little girl in Iran. When she was a teenager she immigrated to the United States. Ansari studied hard to learn English and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She then became a successful entrepreneur in the telecommunications industry.

Yet all the while, Ansari never gave ...

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