September 11, 2019 –

 I look forward to reading about people, especially someone powerful and successful with the “must-do attitude.”

 Fortunately, I keep newspaper and magazine clippings of examples of people with a positive can-do attitude. Here’s an example of an article from January 2018. Secretary of Defense General James Mattis exhibited what it means to get things done. 

He was scheduled to speak at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. On his way to speak, the Secretary incurred travel obstacles, which promised to make him late. Rather than calling and saying, “I’ll be late because of circumstances; Mattis and his staff got out of their vehicle and walked the last 15 minutes of his trip to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on the sidewalk. 

It was a sight; six men strolling down the sidewalk: Mattis, his three military assistants dressed in uniform, and two of his civilian staff. I have a special memory of former President Harry Truman taking his morning walks down Pennsylvania Ave.

You’ll pardon me for saying so, but I believe that our President and Congress can learn much by walking some sidewalks in Washington. They may even gain a MUST DO attitude.

Examples are great, and we all can learn from the Secretary’s example and incorporate the MUST DO attitude. It shouldn’t matter whether you are a Republican, Democrat, female, male, poor or rich, uneducated or educated. There are only three requirements: you’re an American, you’re committed to making things (small or large) happen for all Americans, and you take action doing your part, where you are, and with what you have. 

I don’t know whether you want America to be great again. But, if you do, you must have a MUST DO America attitude and don’t worry about recognition. Just do it!