The People We Admire
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“Admiration (is) our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves.”

– Ambrose Bierce, American editorialist, journalist and satirist


“Don’t let them push you around,” she told me. “Stand your ground!”

Some years ago, I was preparing for a management meeting and feeling a little anxious. I shared my concerns with a dear friend and colleague, Ethel, who gave me her usual down-to-earth advice. I could always count on Ethel, to be honest and tell it like it is.

Some might have called Ethel forthright or indomitable, while others may have referred to her as stubborn or even unreasonable. If I had asked Ethel, she would likely agree with all the descriptions and place them under the heading of feisty. Petite with sparkl...

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