Wonderful post by Jim Pethokoukis, covering a talk made by Ronald Reagan years ago.
I will freely admit that I was (almost) completely wrong in my original impressions of Reagan. I had a different political outlook in those days, and I had trouble viewing the guy as getting it. But get it, he did. This change in perception comes mostly from a maturing and a rethinking of my own world view. Its … well … humbling … to learn how naive my world view (and political view) once was, and how long a ways from that original naivete I’ve traveled. But this is very much part of a maturation process. Couple this with needing to depend upon one’s own resources and abilities in starting a business, and you rapidly change from naive to pragmatic, or you fail miserably.