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Business Lessons from George Washington

As a history major, I am intrigued by the origins of our great country.  George Washington is a logical place to start.

(Feb. 16) we celebrate(d) his birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s as Presidents Day – the third Monday in February.

But what do we really know about this founding father who led our country through the Revolutionary War?

The New York Times wrote, “By comparing textbooks used in the 1960s with those of today, researchers at Mount Vernon, Washington’s home in Virginia, have concluded that Washington now occupies just 10 percent of the space he had then.”

Harvey Mackay: Don't let success breed complacency (February 2015)

Looking back on his extraordinary career of 35 years, NASCAR driving legend Richard Petty noted that dur­ing his first 20 years of racing, he had an excellent record of winning. For ex­ample, he won the Daytona 500 seven times!

However, in the late 1970s, his career went into a decline from which it never recovered. Other racing teams had gone high-tech, refining their cars with ever-more sophisticated engineer­ing, while the Petty team was complacent and set in its ways.

“We’d be winning steadily for 20 years and decided we wouldn’t change,” Petty said.