Nailing It: How Young People Got It Together

“I am a part of everything that I have read.” Theodore Roosevelt

I read the biography of George Washington Carver when I was in High School. He’s been with me ever since. Recently, I finished, “Becoming Dr. Suess.”

People change people.

You experience the influence of Einstein, Mozart, Helen Keller, or Maya Angelou, in the stories of their lives.

Rene Descartes said, “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”

Image of a small island with two trees.

You become like the people you admire.


Respect the power of admiration.

Admiration is magnetic.

You are made better when you respect honorable qualities in others. The people we admire teach us what to desire.

You become like the people you admire.

Robert Dilenschneider wrote a collection of biographical vignettes that busy people have time to read. The stories in Nailing It will give you people to admire.

Two takeaways from Nailing It:


After reading Nailing It you will admire the determination of young people who changed the world.

Everyone who has made a difference in the world has overcome adversity. Think of Helen Keller, for example. (Her story is in “Nailing It.”)

Why do people lack determination?

You need a reason to be determined.

Dilenschneider said, “Being determined requires an emphasis.”

Nietzsche put it this way, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

When you have a reason, “Adversity is an energy releasing experience.” Dilenschneider


The frailty of people who changed the world is an encouragement. You may feel that you’re too disappointing to make a difference in the world.

Mozart was physically frail and died at 35. Helen Keller was blind and deaf. Coco Chanel was a lady of the evening.

The frailties of people who overcome adversity is permission for you to make a difference.

Point of reflection: How are you becoming like the people you admire?

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