Washington Post article recently had an interesting observation about what you aspire to in your career.  Writer Jamie Fuller wrote that “everyone always talks about how they want to be president, but the job the truly ambitious should actually aspire to is hold is ‘former president.'”

What prompted her comment was the exchange that occurred between former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at a recent gathering about their new leadership scholars program.  Here are two former rivals having more fun than I have seen in a long time.

Take the long view on your work and your relationships.  All the stress will someday be behind you.  Lead your career in such a way that there is more to you than your job, so that when your career is over you still have a sense of who you are.  And treat others well so that if you find yourself sharing a platform with them in retirement, you can enjoy yourself as much as these two did.
— beth triplett

Photo:  Jonathan Ernst for REUTERS, September 8, 2014
Story:  What’s better than one laughing ex-president?  Two laughing ex-presidents.  The Fix by Jamie Fuller, Washington Post, September 8, 2014

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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