He Built That!

There are a lot of things Governor Palin’s been great at over the last few years.  One of those qualities that stands out for me is her relentless advocacy for hard work, budgeting, and working for a better future.

This message is needed greatly where America’s youth is concerned.  I remember Governor Palin’s speech to a high school graduation where she taped a dollar bill to the chairs of the graduating class saying it was her gift to them along with the wisdom she offered: “you’ve got to get off your butt to make a buck.”

I also appreciated her support of Ashton Kutcher when he made a passionate case for the importance of appreciating jobs, no matter how small they seem.

That is why this new book by Bill McDermott, president of SAP is one I am currently enjoying.

As many of you probably already know, SAP is the world’s largest business software developer.  It employs tens of thousands of people and uses competition and hard work to keep its place in the market.

Mr. McDermott’s book, Winner’s Dream: A Journey From Corner Store to Corner Office was forwarded to me by a good friend over the weekend and I’ve barely been able to put it down.

It’s non-political but unabashedly tells the story of an American dream and a young man who was determined even though he was born into the same challenging conditions many of today’s youth can relate to.  He describes how he and his family held onto their faith through trials and tragedies and how less-than-ideal circumstances strengthened his ability to work and make his dreams a reality throughout his life.

On his path to SAP’s top seat, he never lost his faith or his drive.

As a child, he worked to make sure he was the best neighborhood paper boy, he then proceeded to work multiple jobs while still in school including a corner deli, which he took pride in.  As he puts it, “even when my jobs were small, I acted big.”

Of course you won’t find too many elitists praising people like McDermott who made it through the path carved out for them in this exceptional nation — as it completely destroys their world view.  The sad reality is that a large portion of our youth is vulnerable to big government politicians who proclaim “you didn’t build that.”

McDermott’s story should be required material in classrooms all across America, but we all know it won’t be.  That’s why it’s up to Americans like us to shout it from the rooftops whenever we come across something so inspiring.

Here’s video on McDermott’s journey as well:

A great interview he gave recently, too:



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