For seventeen days, the thirty-three-year-old secluded himself in a rented room in Philadelphia.
On a small, portable desk, he began writing, laying the foundations of the new government. Unlike every nation before it, this country's heart would not beat with the blood of royal lines. This would be a nation of ideals.
It took Thomas Jefferson seventeen days to find the right words. Seventeen days of writing and rewriting before he presented his document to John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.....The Declaration of Independence!
-Excerpt from heroes for my son by Brad Meltzer
This story about Thomas Jefferson has been told in many ways but Brad Meltzer's version struck me because of the first sentence....
"For seventeen days, the thirty-three-year-old secluded himself in a rented room in Philadelphia".
A model for success in one sentence:
1. Perseverance - in our "instant" gratification world are we willing to spend dedicated time to succeed? When was the last time you spent 17 solid days on something you want to see succeed? (17 is not a magic number your number will vary.)
2. 33 years old - Think you are too old or too young? no matter what culture or your voices in your head tell you....You CAN succeed! Age is not a factor!
3. A rented room - don't let resources stand in your way....just because you don't have _______ (you fill in the blank) don't let it stand in your way in finding a solution.
and the last lesson is a Jefferson quote:
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
4. Knowledge - don't use the "I am not smart enough" excuse but on the other hand because you have done something the same way don't let the knowledge you have stand in the way of finding a "new" way to do something!
and finally.....need wisdom? Go to the source and ask:
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 (NIV)