Terry Paulson

Conservatives seem to be falling for the same myth that progressive voters fell for in 2008--the Myth of the Perfect Candidate! We need a better candidate--Maybe Perry or Christie will be the ONE! But as soon as any candidate throws their hat in the ring, their poll numbers soar only to be brought back to earth as "problems and limitations" surface.

There are no perfect political candidates. There are no perfect people. How would you like to have every questionable statement you make broadcast to the world and replayed for months? We seem to enjoy moving from adoration to attacking our own.

Vote principles and party over people. I don't want another answer-giving leader who thinks they have all the answers. I want a leader who is driven by core American principles, who brings to Washington a cadre of leaders who share those principles and bring needed expertise to their responsibilities, and an unshakable belief in "We the People."

We don't need a political messiah; we need a leader who can stand strong, communicate a common sense vision of what is needed, cut spending and regulations, and rally Americans to bring our economy back.

No one man or woman has all the answers in our complex, changing world. We need humility, not hubris! Only the truly confident leader can admit that they don't have all the answers.

Pope John XXIII knew his limits when he said, "It often happens that I wake at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope." Every President must feel the same. They know the answers are out there, but who do they listen to?

Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson shares in his "Unwritten Rules of Management," "Learn to say 'I don't know.' If used when appropriate, it will be used often.... Confident people know their strengths and weaknesses, and they don't try to BS you. You are not expected to know the answer to everything. Smart people simply say 'I don't know'--and go get an answer."

No one can know it all, and if they said they do, don't trust them. Wisdom is knowing how much you don't know and getting the right people on the bus to accomplish what is necessary.

Teddy Roosevelt knew his limitations: “The best executive is the one who has enough sense to pick good people for what they want done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” We need a President willing to let his people do what they do best instead of micromanaging what is done. We ought to ask Presidential candidates to list some of the people they would want on their core team and why!


Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

 
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