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How Teddy Roosevelt’s Darkest Period Propelled Him to the Presidency

A prime example of how adversity can lead to profound benefit.

Teddy Roosevelt (TR) is my favorite American president. He’s the only president who achieved greatness when our country wasn’t in the midst of a crisis, as was the case with Lincoln, FDR and even Washington. In other words, he effected change by…




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David Gerken

David Gerken

Meditation and Mindfulness teacher. Dad of three precious kids. Former writer for THE WEST WING. Follow me at

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