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Before They Were Prez: Job Tips from Our Founding Fathers

Nealeigh Mitchell, Steve Berman, Saunders Moore | NonProfitPeople

February 16, 2010

Theodore Roosevelt

Prior Experience: Cattle Rancher


While most widely known for his energetic foreign-policy, “Teddy” Roosevelt was really a cowboy at heart. After suffering a spat of bad health, he heeded the call of his inner cowboy and bought a ranch in North Dakota. While there he set his sights on becoming a passionate hunter, cattle rancher and avid outdoorsman.

Three years later, he hung up his boots and plunged back into politics serving as U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Governor of New York and Vice President. In 1901 he became the youngest man to take office at the tender age of forty-two.

Moral of the story: Do what makes you happy. Have you had a rough day, week, year at work? Is there something else you would rather be doing? If so, then get to it!

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