Chapter 16. CONCLUSION: SHINE A LIGHT
Abraham Lincoln is my favorite historical figure; he gave moral leadership to a nation divided, and rose to be the leader the country required in a bloody and violent period. President Lincoln understood the power of communication and the use of spare and compelling language. He would choose a few paragraphs to deliver his message, not pages of verbose prose. The Gettysburg Address, for example, was a masterpiece of concise communication.
Framed on my desk are five lines by President Lincoln:
I am not bound to win,
But I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
But I am bound to live
Up to the light I have.
President Lincoln's words are sobering and inspiring at the same time. We all need to do our best to ...