Some inspiration from the very cool (and brilliant) Seth Godin:
Childlike makes a great scientist; Childish produces tantrums.
Childlike brings fresh eyes to marketing opportunities; Childish rarely shows up as promised.
Childlike is fearless and powerful and willing to fail; Childish is annoying.
Childlike inquires with a pure heart; Childish is merely ignored.
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So now that the election is over, I can finally start really talking about the whole experience: the reasons why I was running and the amazing lessons I learnt.
Why I was running
A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me “why do I do what I do?” In response, I wrote:
I do what I do because at some point in time I want to have children of my own. But before I do, I need to ensure that they grow up in a world that enables them to succeed and enjoy their lives… And that is why I do what I do.
Similar principles grounded my campaign approach. I wanted to run a campaign that my children would love to see and would love to be proud of. I promised myself to:
- not take credibility for things I haven’t done;
- develop a strong educational platform that is realistic and empowers children;
- run according to personal convictions and beliefs;
- never malign or attack another candidate; and
- treat voters with the honesty and respect they deserve rather than lie to obtain their vote.
In short, I wanted a campaign I would be proud to lose rather than a campaign that I am ashamed to win.
As a result of these promises to myself, hours of work and walking around, I got a little over 150 votes and a last place finish.
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So today is the last day of a terribly busy, but absolutely, memorable couple of months. Two contentious debates, hundreds of doors knocked on and so many wonderful conversations about school, faith and perhaps most importantly the future of our children.
Highlights of the Campaign:
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