FULL NAME: Richard Milhous Nixon
LIFESPAN: 81 years (1913 – 1994)
TERM: 37th President (R) 1969 – 1974
AMBITIOUS - eager to obtain or achieve a specific goal, such as success, power, fame, or wealth; strongly desirous, eager, aspiring, enterprising.
Ambitious leaders possess an earnest desire for achievement or distinction. Their ambition propels them forward, tirelessly endeavoring for the fulfillment of that desire. When others may slack or give up, truly ambitious leaders keep going, their eyes unwaveringly fixed on the prize.
RESOLVED - set firmly in purpose, intent or belief; holding fast to a set course; possessing nerve and grit; determined, tenacious, tough, unyielding, resolute.
Leaders who are truly resolved in purpose can remain steadfast and undaunted even in the face of extreme adversity and opposition—something every leader will experience. Leaders with steel resolve don’t let negative circumstances or critics sway them, and they demonstrate patience and composure in trying times.
PERSEVERING - resolutely persistent; maintaining a purpose despite difficulty, opposition, or discouragement; determined, focused, resilient, irrepressible.
Every leader will experience significant setbacks, mistakes and failures during their lifetime and career. The ability and determination to persevere despite these inevitable difficulties is a mark of strong leaders. Persevering leaders possess stamina and grit, able to overcome many hurdles, losses, or even public disgrace.
“Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.”
“If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.”
“We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another.”
Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
LOCATION: Yorba Linda, CA
OPENED: July 19, 1990