Thursday, September 23, 2004

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Full text: Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech "How do you know if you are a Republican? I'll tell you how.

"If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government - then you are a Republican! If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group - then you are a Republican!

"If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does - then you are a Republican! If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children - then you are a Republican!
If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy in the world - then you are a Republican! And, ladies and gentlemen, if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism - then you are a Republican!

"There is another way you can tell you're a Republican. You have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness of the American people and faith in the US economy. To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: Don't be economic girlie men!

"The US economy remains the envy of the world. We have the highest economic growth of any of the world's major industrialised nations. Don't you remember the pessimism of 20 years ago when the critics said Japan and Germany were overtaking the US? Ridiculous!

"Now they say India and China are overtaking us. Don't you believe it! We may hit a few bumps - but America always moves ahead! That's what Americans do!"
The New York Times > Business > Your Money > At Lunch With | Rosabeth Moss Kanter: If at First You Don't Succeed, Believe Harder As Ms. Kanter sees it, talent, intelligence and knowledge are nice, but confidence is essential. Not arrogance or conceit, mind you: those traits lead people to be complacent, or to overshoot. But she believes that someone with confidence, defined as a belief that persistence and hard work will yield results, will win out most every time over equally talented but insecure people.

Ms. Kanter, who is a consultant and Harvard Business School professor when she's not writing books - "Confidence'' is her 16th - parses the idea even further. She believes that self-confidence is less important than confidence that things will work out, and that the most lasting form of confidence is often not self-generated, but nurtured by others. She posits that sports teams win because coaches instill a belief that they will, and that children succeed when parents and schools create an environment that encourages them to do their best.

"Confidence is contagious, but so is failure,'' she said. "Even the Yankees will lose if you persuade them that they will.''