Read how six men climbed above their peers to take the most important job in the America.
“Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.” It’s equally true that those who study history are blessed to repeat the successes of great men.
What can you learn from six former United States Presidents?
That the principles we talk about on Danger & Play are universal and have stood the test of time.
Take Millard Fillmore as an example. He worked hard, never saw himself as a victim, learned to look, act, and dress the part of the alpha male, educated himself, and snagged the woman he wanted, despite her being above his social class.
Fillmore’s father was a well intentioned loser who had been kicked off of his land by someone who knew the game better. Fillmore didn’t want to suffer the same fate.
While loading a machine at the textile factory, he taught himself to read using the dictionary. When his first legal mentor cheated him, setting his goal of being a lawyer back by years and sending him further into debt, he taught school in the winter, worked on a farm in the summer, crawled his way out of debt, and finally found a way to become a lawyer.
He made a fortune, held the top civic posts in his community, and won election to congress before being chosen for the national ticket.
The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them (Amazon) is full of such lessons.