Know: you can be a leader. You can think new thoughts and shape your world. When you lead, whatever you imagine, you can make. But there is only one way to become a leader in this world: your ideas must make the world richer. You do this through (1) learning and (2) honesty.

Learning
Sharing the best ideas is like building the tallest tower: when you build on top of other towers, you can be the tallest much faster than if you build from the ground. So, learn from others, because it will help you to have the best ideas. Remember that what you learn from others changes what you imagine and create—so surround yourself with the best people, people you want to be like. Read lots of books in school and out, because each book is a smart person sharing their thoughts with you. If you build your ideas on this strong foundation, they will make the world richer.

“If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

Honesty
If you look hard enough, you will find inside your mind a little stage. On that quiet stage, you can ask yourself, “How do I feel? What do I think?” It is an art to quiet that room—so practice. There you know what makes you happy. There you can best process and understand new ideas. People who do not ask that quiet stage for the truth repeat other people’s ideas or, worse, share untruths. Starting ideas from there will make the world richer.

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare

Sincerely,
Christa J. Laser

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