Many great institutions around the U.S. provide excellent opportunities for researching subjects, not just listening to the talking heads on broadcast news. The Hoover Institution is one I appreciate for its commitment to helping me to be a better-informed person.
The Hoover Institute was established at Stanford University in 1919 by our 31st President. Its mission is one of service:
With its eminent scholars and world-renowned Library and Archives, the Hoover Institution is a public policy think tank that seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind.
Last September, the Institute installed their latest Director, Condoleezza Rice. As many of you may recall, she is one of those personal heroes I’ve written about before. Her record of achievement and leadership is a true American success story.
With all of Condoleezza Rice’s accomplishments in both government and academia, she stated on the new director’s role, “My life and career path have led me to this moment.” She looks at challenges as opportunities and this new role as a chance to continue her efforts supporting America, our way of life, and assisting all humanity. I recommend you read her interview from October 8th on her mission for herself and The Hoover Institute.
As she leads this great institution into the 21st Century, I appreciated her concluding words in the interview:
“I’ll just say that those of us who are fortunate enough to have made that progress that we have, owe it to those who keep fighting. I would say to all of those young people, don’t give up. The United States of America is a pretty remarkable experiment that’s still unfolding.”
Excellent advice as we move into 2021 with sights set to overcoming a pandemic, economic problems, family conflicts, and supporting a new administration. I still see our brightest future in front of us – if we invest in our continued growth, work hard and look to become a community again of respect and responsibility.