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More Criticism than Claim – Margaret Chase Smith

In 1949, Margaret Chase Smith became the first female of a club of 50. Yes, she was a US Senator.

However, being the only woman alongside 49 men did not keep her quiet. When Wisconsin senator Joseph McCarthy used his position to launch a broad (and often unfounded) investigation of government employees and other Americans to root out Communists (known as “McCarthyism”), Margaret was one of the first to speak out against his dangerous demagoguery.

She was bold. On the morning of June 1, 1950, she ran into Senator McCarthy. McCarthy commented, “Margaret, you look very serious. Are you going to make a speech?” “Yes,” she answered. “And you will not like it!”

In her groundbreaking speech that day, she called out his hate and character assassination. “Mr. President, I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition,” she began. “It is a national feeling of fear and frustration that could result in national suicide and the end of everything that we Americans hold dear.”

While many Republicans were appalled by McCarthy’s baseless charges, most of them kept their heads down. Smith eviscerated McCarthy and called out her colleagues for their lack of courage in standing up to him. “I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny—Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear.” She and six other Republican senators signed a statement expressing their concerns known as her “Declaration of Conscience.” McCarthy mocked her and her cosigners as “Snow White and the Six Dwarfs” (that’s 29/140 characters, in case you were wondering).

She continued to oppose McCarthy at personal and political cost for four more years, until 1954, when the Senate finally censured him for his conduct and ended his career.

Smith rose in the public’s eye and questions mounted whether she would launch an unprecedented presidential run. In January 1964, her campaign manager drafted a speech to the Women’s National Press Club with two endings: one announcing that she was in, one declaring she was out.

In her speech, she dryly detailed the reasons why others thought she shouldn’t run: no woman should ever dare to aspire to the White House, that a woman on the national ticket of a political party would be more of a handicap than a strength, the odds are too heavily against her for even the most remote chance of victory, and women do not have the physical stamina and strength to run.

She concluded with the same boldness she had with McCarthy, “So, because of these very compelling reasons against my running, I have decided that I shall.” That day, she became the first woman to seek a major party’s presidential nomination.

We haven’t heard of a Madam President Margaret Chase Smith, so you can assume how her campaign turned out. Though she did not win the nomination, she sent a lasting message that resonated for many women and men. Although it’s difficult to speak up when you fear you’ll receive more criticism than claim, it is possible with courage- and when you know that history is longer than 140 characters.

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SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the Achiever within

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Every Morning

A lot of people I know tend to set their alarm as late as possible and then rush through their morning routine. This has been scientifically proven to have a negative impact on the rest of your day. Almost any high achiever you read about will talk about their detailed morning routine and how it helps prepare them for their day.

If you are a parent or a non-morning person, you may not have the time or resources to copy the morning routine of a wealthy celebrity. Everyone’s morning is filled with different tasks, issues, and obstacles. However, everyone can wake up 5 minutes earlier, stand in front of the bathroom mirror, and ask themselves these three questions.

What Am I Grateful For Today?

This forces you to start the day on a positive note. Think about what 3-5 things you are grateful for in your life. This includes your family, friends, pets, a house that keeps you warm, a job that pays the bills, or a car that doesn’t break down. Those are all items that may not be perfect, but they serve a purpose and are not available to everyone.

What Did I Accomplish Yesterday?

When we first wake up, our minds tend to shift to all of the things we need to do today. Sometimes, we focus on things we didn’t accomplish the day before and begin to get overwhelmed. Instead, think about what you actually did accomplish yesterday and be proud of it. This question helps you remember that you are always moving forward towards your goals.

What Type Of Person Do I Want To Be Today?

This question helps set the tone for your attitude and gives you something to strive for. You may want to be the type of person who is kind or someone who listens and gives advice. This type of answer can differ depending on what you are doing that day and who you will be interacting with. The critical point is that you are living that day with intention and a goal in mind instead of just bouncing mindlessly from one activity to the next.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

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MINDSET: Train your brain to win

10 Instincts that Distort Our Perspective

10 Human instincts that have played an important role in survival but can keep us from factfulness:

  1. The Gap Instinct. The familiar “us” and “them,” the “developed” and “developing,” and the “rich” and “poor.” Although there once was a “developing” and “developed” world, it’s not true anymore. Majority of nations are developed now. There’s a newer scale from 1 to 4. The poorest are on level 1 and the richest on level 4. The scale is divided into classes on a spectrum depending on family income.
  2. The Negativity Instinct. Media has a big role in the negativity instinct because most bad incidents are spoken about loudly and frequently. As a result, majority view the world as a place that’s getting worse and worse. In actuality, many things have improved: population to death ratio has decreased, children deaths have decreased, no more slavery, pneumonia and malaria are not deadly anymore, basic education has become easier to attain, and the crime rate has decreased. Remember that the bad news is, well, bad news and the good in the world is the constant.
  3. The Straight Line Instinct. Our straight line instinct tells us that world population will keep increasing in a straight line. Facts tell us that the increase will not be a straight line. Remember that there are curves of all different shapes and a graph can change at some point (any point) in time.
  4. The Fear Instinct. In a survey about what people are most afraid of, majority of people were found to be afraid of snakes. But, how many people are exposed to snakes in today’s world? It’s a small fraction of people. Fear doesn’t understand facts. Recognize when frightening things get your attention, calculate the risks (with facts), and carry on.
  5. The Size Instinct. In 2016, 4.2 million babies died. So many! The numbers were 4.4 and 4.5 million in the preceding years. The number was 14.4 million in 1950 and population was way lower than today. This big number of 4.2 million looks small in comparison to other numbers. When you get a big number, ask and compare it with other numbers. It puts things in proportion and perspective.
  6. The Generalization Instinct. Somewhere in Africa those furry things crawling around the subway are put on a grill and served for dinner. If you go to Africa, you might be served these grilled rats because they are unaware of your taste. They’ll generalize and think of you as the same as they are. Recognize when a category is used to generalize and explanation. There are differences in categories.
  7. The Destiny Instinct. The destiny instinct makes us believe that people and things are unchangeable. Like slow change is like no change at all. In actuality, change is always happening. Talk to your grandpa or grandma, they’ll tell you how values have changed and conditions have improved.
  8. The Single Perspective Instinct. Thinking that problems have single causes and single solutions is an oversimplification of the world. There are so many different ways to look at the world. When you look at the problems from many angles, you get a more accurate understanding and find practical solutions.
  9. The Blame Instinct. Naturally when things go wrong, we blame some bad individual with bad intentions. But many of the times other things are responsible. To overcome the Blame Instinct, look for the causes not the scapegoats.
  10. The Urgency Instinct. It’s now or never, baby! Is it, though? Immediate action in perceived danger was once an important skill for human survival. But the world has changed. We’re not under attack from the neighboring group of hunter-gatherers. Take a breath, collect more data, and examine the facts.


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