Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Donald Rumsfeld
- If a prospective Presidential approach can’t be explained clearly enough to be understood well, it probably hasn’t been thought through well enough. If not well understood by the American people, it probably won’t ‘sail’ anyway. Send it back for further thought.
- Oh my goodness gracious, what you can buy off the Internet in terms of overhead photography. A trained ape can know an awful lot of what is going on in this world, just by punching on his mouse, for a relatively modest cost.
- You will launch many projects, but have time to finish only a few. So think, plan, develop, launch and tap good people to be responsible. Give them authority and hold them accountable. Trying to do too much yourself creates a bottleneck.
- Plan backwards as well as forward. Set objectives and trace back to see how to achieve them. You may find that no path can get you there. Plan forward to see where your steps will take you, which may not be clear or intuitive.
- Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House.
- There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.
- Look for what’s missing. Many advisors can tell a President how to improve what’s proposed or what’s gone amiss. Few are able to see what isn’t there.
- Know that the amount of criticism you receive may correlate somewhat to the amount of publicity you receive.
- It isn’t making mistakes that’s critical; it’s correcting them and getting on with the principal task.
- Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life.
Donald Henry Rumsfeld (1932-2021) was an American politician and government official who served in various prominent roles throughout his career. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Rumsfeld attended Princeton University on a Navy scholarship before serving as a naval aviator. He later worked in the private sector, including serving as the CEO of several companies.
Rumsfeld’s political career began in the 1960s when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois. He went on to serve in various capacities in the Nixon and Ford administrations, including as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and as White House Chief of Staff.
Rumsfeld’s most notable role came during the presidency of George W. Bush when he served as Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006. He played a central role in shaping U.S. policy during the early years of the War on Terror, including the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.
His tenure as Secretary of Defense was marked by controversy, especially regarding the handling of the Iraq War and allegations of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. Rumsfeld resigned in 2006.
Donald Rumsfeld passed away in 2021 at the age of 88. His career left a lasting impact on American politics and foreign policy, making him a significant figure in U.S. history.
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