It wasn't until about halfway through his speech that it suddenly occurred to me that I should be capturing some of his thoughts. I'm disappointed I didn't take notes during his whole speech because he had a lot of good things to say. I would thoroughly enjoy having the opportunity to sit down with him and just glean as much wisdom as I possibly could from him.
Here are some of the nuggets:
- Good leaders aren't afraid to seek help and surround themselves with a team.
- Good leaders stand on principle. They are not worried about their popularity.
- I loved his demeanor and how he doesn't take himself too seriously, that he can poke fun at himself and how many perceive him.
- He talked about prayer and its importance. He talked about how earlier in his life he was skeptical of the power of prayer and its legitimacy, but during his presidency, prayers from total strangers were felt.
- I liked the fact that he made a conscious decision not to critize current and future presidents, that it's important to him for presidents not to have to worry about critiques from former presidents because they have enough to worry about.
- "You realize you're not it, that you're a part of something much more important than an individual."