A Quote for the Day from President Kennedy – we will use “new metal alloys some of which have not been invented…”


John_F._Kennedy_speaks_at_Rice_UniversitySo, we had not done all that well in our space program. But, in September, 1962 at Rice University, President Kennedy gave a speech. He pledged that the United States would send humans:

240,000 miles away from the control station in Houston [in] a giant rocket, more than 300 feet tall… made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented…
…We do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

From General McChrystal’s Team of Teams:

Kennedy enumerated the obstacles the obstacles — the distance, pseed, and heat – not to dissuade, but to inspire.

And, the rest, as they say, is history. We landed on the moon in July, 1969, less than seven years after President Kennedy gave that speech.  (Read President Kennedy’s full speech here).

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It kind of reminds me… there is a plaque on the floor of Westminster Abbey, near the entrance, that reads, simply “Remember Winston Churchill.” It commemorates Churchill’s role in saving London (and Britain).

What did Winston Churchill do?
What did John Kennedy do?

They had vision, and they gave speeches – and massive numbers of people heard, and acted.

Call that what you will – but it is certainly inspiring leadership; genuinely inspiring; i.e., inspiring people to take action.

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