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10 Steps to Help Me with My Teenager on How to Become Successful in School and Life
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Lesson Plans on American Patriotism for Kids has many opportunities to learn about American Patriotism and what it means to be American. Simply follow the links below for a specific topic:

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Major Events in US History:

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10 Minute Overview of United States History
Major Important Events in US History
US History Videos
Plymouth Rock & First Thanksgiving 1620, Plymouth Rock Pilgrim Memorial State Park
The American Revolution, Valley Forge National Historical Park
US Civil War, Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg Address
Moon Landing 1969

Major American Patriotic Icons:
Plymouth Rock, Pilgrim Memorial State Park
Mount Vernon Memorial Park
Liberty Bell, Independence Hall
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Monticello VA National Historical Landmark
The Lewis and Clark Journey
The Alamo
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Big Horn
Statue of Liberty
Kittyhawk, NC
Mt Rushmore National Memorial Park
USS Arizona Memorial
WTC Ground Zero Museum & Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery
Washington DC Monuments
Kennedy Space Center
The Great Seal of the United States of America

American Patriotic…:
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Success in America:
Greatest American Entrepreneurs
Top Characteristics of Successful People
Raising Successful Children: How to Teach Kids Success

Virginia Genealogy: Pocahontas & US Presidents Family Tree
How the US Government Works: a Brief Summary of Civics
AP US History Practice Test
The 50 States Maps Games

Recommended Historical Movies

* Note: Some of these movies are not recommended for children

Pre-Colonial / Colonial

Roots (1977)
The Crucible (1996)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
The New World (2005)

Revolutionary War

Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (2003)
John Adams (2008)
The Crossing (2000)
The Patriot (2000)

American Expansion

Gangs of New York (2002)
The Alamo (2004)

Civil War

Gettysburg (1993)
Glory (1989)
Gods and Generals (2003)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
The Conspirator (2010)

American Expansion #2

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Rough Riders (1997)
Wild Bill (1995)
Wyatt Earp (1994)

20th Century

Apollo 13 (1995)
Band of Brothers (2001)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

21st Century

United 93 (2006)

Success in America

Raising Successful Children: How to Teach Kids Success

Raising Successful Children: How to Teach Kids Success

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Great Achievements of Kids, Children, Teenagers and Young Adults (Listed by age):

Age 7 – Yehudi Menuhin gives his first solo violin performance with the San Francisco Symphony in 1923.

Age 8 – Frederic Chopin plays his first public piano performance, having already authored two polonaises (G minor and B flat major) at age 7.

Age 8 – Justin Henry (USA, b. 25 May 1971) was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category on the 25 February 1980, for his role of ‘Billy Kramer’ in Kramer vs. Kramer (USA 1979).

Age 9 – Jackie Cooper (USA, b. 15 September 1922), was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as ‘Skippy Skinner’ in Skippy (USA 1931) on 5 October 1931.

Age 9 – ‘Miguelito’ AKA Miguel A. Valenzuela Morales (b. 5 January 1999) was nominated and won a Latin Grammy Award for the Best Latin Album for Children entitled ‘El Heredero’ on 13 November 2008.

Age 9 – Bobby Bradley becomes world’s youngest hot air balloon solo pilot on June 4, 2011

Age 10 – Mark, author of the Gospel of Mark, witnesses the arrest of Jesus and develops the first Gospel.

Age 10 – Michael Kearney, homeschooled, becomes the world’s youngest university graduate. At age 17, he began a teaching career at college.

Age 10 – Tatum O’Neal was nominated for her role in Paper Moon (USA 1973) and went on to win the Oscar.

Age 11 – The youngest person to have visited both geographical poles is Jonathan Silverman (USA), who reached the North Pole on 25 July 1999 and the South Pole on 10 January 2002.

Age 12 – Blasé Pascal had secretly worked out the first twenty-three propositions of Euclid by himself.

Age 12 – Jesus presents His wisdom in the temple in Jerusalem.

Age 12 – William “Willie” Johnson earned the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Seven Days Battle and on the Peninsula Campaign during the American Civil War.

Age 13 – Jonathan Krohn homeschooled, actor, internet radio host, guest speaker at CPAC, author of Defining Conservatism.

Age 13 – John wrote the first draft of the Gospel of John, the greatest written work of all time.

Age 13 – Joan of Arc was inspired and led France five years later to victory over the English in the Hundred Years War; was martyred at age 19.

Age 13 – Anne Frank began writing her diary, later published as “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.”

Age 13 – The youngest player to play in soccer’s premier tournament is Souleymane Mamam who played for Togo against Zambia in a preliminary qualifying game on 6 May 2001.

Age 14 – Ismail founded the Safavid dynasty and became its “shah” (military and spiritual ruler)

Age 14 – Bobby Fischer became an International Chess Grandmaster.

Age 14 – Mozart wrote the opera, “Mitridate Rè di Ponto.”

Age 14 – Nadia Comaneci “achieved in her sport what no Olympian, male or female, ever had before: perfection.”

Age 14 – St. Theresa of Lisieux rejected by Bishop Hugonin, pleads with Pope Leo XIII so she may enter the Carmelites. Became Carmelite nun at age 15.

Age 14 – Bernadette Soubirous (St Bernadette of Lourdes) has a vision of the Virgin Mary

Age 15 – Louis Braille invented the Braille system.

Age 15 – Christopher Paolini writes the first draft of his Eragon trilogy which is published when he is 19.

Age 16 – Jean-François Champollion, can speak a dozen languages and delivers a paper on the Coptic language to the Grenoble Academy. By 20, he can speak another 13 languages and at 32 he deciphers the Rosetta Stone.

Age 16 – Boy sailor Jack Cornwall, of HMS Chester, is awarded a posthumous VC for gallantry at the Battle of Jutland.

Age 16 – Roger Mason discovered the first fossil believed by paleontologists to come from the Ediacaran period (630-542 million years ago). He found the fossil in Charnwood Forest, Leics, UK. The fossil species is named Charnia masoni, in recognition of his contribution to geology and evolutionary biology.

Age 16 – the average age of 58 homeschooled teenagers who founded Conservapedia, so that the light of truth would continue to shine and darkness would not overcome it.

Age 16 – Temba Tsheri Sherpa (Nepal; b. 6 May 1985) successfully summited Mt Everest on 23 May 2001.

Age 17 – Cassie Bernall defended her faith in front of an atheistic gunman at the Columbine massacre, and was martyred for it.

Age 17 – Mary accepts God’s will to conceive Jesus by the Holy Spirit, and gives birth nine months later.

Age 17 – Shawn Fanning develops the first large-scale peer-to-peer file sharing program, Napster

Age 17 – Private 1st Class Jacklyn H. Lucas, United States Marine Corps, earned the Medal of Honor five days after his 17th birthday during the Iwo Jima battle in World War II; he was a Marine for three years.

Age 17 – The youngest female artist to have a #1 album on the UK chart is Joss Stone with her second album ‘Mind, Body & Soul’ on 9 October 2004.

Age 17 – The youngest licensed stockbroker in the world is Jason A. Earle of Princeton, New Jersey, USA who passed the stockbroker exam (Series 7) administered by the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Age 18 – Shawn Goldsmith from Long Island has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts.

Age 18 – Mary Shelley writes Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus), later published when she was 21.

Age 18 – Gary Kasparov, considered the greatest chess player ever, won the U.S.S.R. championship.

Age 18 – The youngest mayor is High School student, Michael Sessions (USA, 22 September 1987), who was elected on 8 November 2005 and sworn in as Mayor of Hillsdale, Michigan, USA.

Age 18 – The youngest university professor is Alia Sabur (USA, b. 22 February 1989), who was appointed as a full-time faculty Professor of the Department of Advanced Technology Fusion at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, with effect from 19 February 2008. Ms Sabur’s official title is: International Professor as Research Liaison with Stony Brook University (New York, USA).

Age 19 – Captain Albert Ball, VC, MC, DSO & 2 bars, commences his career as a fighter pilot. By the time he is killed, aged 20, in 1917, he has become one of the First World War’s greatest air aces, accounting for at least 44 German aircraft.

Age 19 – was the average age of front-line US service personnel fighting to defend democracy in Indochina during the Vietnam War.

Age 19 – Evariste Galois develops group theory, and wrote it out completely on the eve of his death at age 20; it took old mathematicians a century to comprehend it.

Age 19 – John D. Rockefeller starts a new company, turning an enormous profit in its first year, and became the most influential businessman in history.

Age 19 – Steve Jobs begins collaborating in electronics with Steve Wozniak in electronics, and developed the personal computer within two years.

Age 19 – Mark Zuckerberg develops Facebook, the leading social networking system for young people on the internet.

Age 19 – Jim Ryun broke the world record for running the mile.

Age 20 – Carl Friedrich Gauss makes his first mathematical discoveries, which will lead to the completion of “Disquisitiones Arithmeticae”, his magnum opus, at the age of 21.

Age 20 – Willis Carrier invents air conditioning.

Source:, Guiness Book of World Records

Greatest American Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals in the USA

Greatest American Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals in the USA

It has been said that if you were born in the United States of America you were 90% of the way towards becoming a success. The US offers may opportunities through Freedom, Democracy and a culture of hard work and education that fosters growth and success. Some of the greatest minds and wealthiest people over the last 200 years have been born in and/or have lived in the United States of America. By showing how these Great Americans have worked and lived, it will give great incite into what it takes to become successful in the USA.

Addition to this list was based upon the following criteria:
- Spent most of his/her adult life in the United States
- Created significant wealth (inherited wealth is not accepted)
- Displayed behavioral characteristics described in Top Characteristics of Successful People
- Revolutionized not only an industry, but also transformed the American culture

The list order is in chronological order based on date of birth.

Benjamin Franklin
Andrew Carnegie
John Pierpont J.P. Morgan
John D Rockefeller
Thomas Edison
Henry Ford
Pierre Samuel duPont
Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr.
Walter Elias Walt Disney
Raymond Ray Kroc
Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.
Samuel Moore Sam Walton
Mary Kay Ash
George Lucas
Oprah Winfrey
Steven Paul Steve Jobs
William Henry “Bill” Gates III
Lawrence “Larry” Page / Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin
Mark Elliot “Zuck” Zuckerberg

Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin Inventions Politics PrintingBenjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the tenth son of soap maker. His father intended for Benjamin Franklin to enter into the clergy. However, Josiah Franklin could not afford it. Young Benjamin Franklin loved to read. He became an apprentice to his brother James, who was a printer. He would help compose pamphlets, set type and sell their products in the streets.

When Benjamin Franklin was 15 his brother started The New England Courant. James’s paper carried articles, opinion pieces, advertisements and news of ship schedules. Benjamin Franklin began

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Andrew Carnegie

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Andrew Carnegie Steel CompanyAndrew Carnegie (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. Although he had little formal education, his family believed in the importance of books and learning. His father was a handloom weaver. At 13, Andrew Carnegie came to the United States with his family and settled in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Soon after, he went to work in a factory, earning $1.20 a week. The next year he found a job as a telegraph messenger. In 1851 he became a telegraph operator, and in 1853, he took a job with Pennsylvania Railroad. He worked as the assistant and telegraph operator to Thomas Scott, one of the railroad’s top executives. He

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John Pierpont J.P. Morgan

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John Pierpont JP Morgan BankingJohn Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913) was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. In the fall of 1848, he transferred to Hartford Public School and then to Episcopal Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut. In September 1851, Morgan passed the entrance exam for the English High School of Boston, a school specializing in mathematics to prepare young men for careers in commerce. In the spring of 1852, he became ill with rheumatic fever. He was sent by his father to the Azores to recover. After almost a year, he returned to English High School in Boston to resume his studies. After graduation, he was sent to Bellerive near Vevey, Switzerland. When he became fluent in

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John D Rockefeller

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John D Rockefeller Standard Oil Refinery CompanyJohn Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was born in Richford, New York. His father owned farm property and traded in many goods, including lumber and patent medicines. His mother was very strict. In 1953 the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from high school there and excelled in mathematics. After graduation he attended a commercial college for three months, after which he found his first job at the age of 16 as a produce clerk. In 1859, he started his first trading company, Clark and Rockefeller, with a young Englishman. The first year they grossed $450,000. Clark did the fieldwork while John D Rockefeller

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Thomas Edison

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Thomas EdisonThomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was born to middle-class parents in Milan, Ohio. In 1854, his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan. At an early age, Thomas Edison was hyperactive and difficult to control in school. So he was home-schooled by his mother, who was the daughter of a respected Presbyterian minister. Thomas Edison enjoyed reading and reciting poetry. At 11, his parents introduced him to the local library and he began to research many topics and ideas. At 12, he began to asks questions of his parents, especially those related to Science and Mathematics, that they could not answer. So they hired a tutor

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Henry Ford

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Henry Ford Motor Company AutomobileHenry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) grew up on a prosperous family farm in what is now Dearborn, Michigan. He had a typical rural 19th Century childhood spending days in a one-room school and doing farm chores. At an early age, he showed an interest in mechanics and engineering. At 16, he left home for Detroit to work as an apprentice machinist for the next 3 years. During the next few years, Henry Ford divided his time between operating & repairing steam engines, working in a Detroit factory, over-hauling his father’s farm machinery and working reluctantly on the farm. Upon his marriage to Clara Bryant in 1888, Henry Ford supported his

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Pierre Samuel duPont

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Pierre S DuPont Chemical Engineering ManufacturingPierre Samuel duPont (January 15, 1870 – April 4, 1954) was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He was the great-great-grandson of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, a French economist elected to the Constituent Assembly. Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours’ son, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, who emigrated to America with his grandfather to escape the French Revolution, founded the DuPont company in 1802. Frustrated by the poor quality of black powder made in America, and familiar with the powder-making process, came up with the idea to make gunpowder. His father agreed to finance the venture. Thomas Jefferson supported the idea and suggested the family set up shop in Virginia, but Eleuthère Irénée du Pont was uncomfortable with the institution of slavery

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Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr.

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Alfred P Sloan Jr GM General MotorsAlfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr. (May 23, 1875 – February 17, 1966) was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He studied electrical engineering and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1895. He became president and owner of Hyatt Roller Bearing, a company that made roller and ball bearings, in 1899. At the beginning of the 20th century, Ford Motor Company bought bearings from Hyatt Roller Bearing. In 1916 his company merged with United Motors Company which eventually became part of General Motors Corporation. He became Vice-President, then President (1923), and finally Chairman of the Board (1937) of General Motors

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Walter Elias Walt Disney

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Walter Elias Walt DisneyWalter Elias “Walt” Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1906, when Walt Disney was 4, his family moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri. While in Marceline, Disney developed his love for drawing. One of their neighbors, a retired doctor named “Doc” Sherwood, paid him to draw pictures of Sherwood’s horse. He also developed his love for trains in Marceline, which owed its existence to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway which ran through town. The Disneys remained in Marceline

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Raymond Ray Kroc

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Raymond Ray Kroc McDonaldsRaymond Albert “Ray” Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of relatively poor parents. He went to public schools in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, but did not graduate. He was as an ambulance driver during World War I. After the war, he became a jazz pianist. Upon his marriage in 1922 he went to work for the Lily-Tulip Cup Company, but soon left to become musical director for one of Chicago’s pioneer radio stations, WGES. There he played the piano, arranged the music, accompanied singers and hired musicians. Later following land speculation in Florida, he began to sell real estate in Fort Lauderdale. When the boom collapsed in 1926, he was so broke that he had to play piano in a night club to send his wife and daughter back to Chicago by train. He later followed them in his dilapidated Model-T Ford.

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Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.

Alternative Howard Hughes Biography Documentary Video

Howard Hughes AircraftHoward Robard Hughes, Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was born near Houston, Texas. There is some argument as to the exact date and location of his birth. His parents were Allene Stone Gano (a descendant of Owen Tudor, second husband of Catherine of Valois, Dowager Queen of England) and Howard R. Hughes, Sr., who patented the two-cone roller bit, which allowed rotary drilling for petroleum in previously inaccessible places. Howard R. Hughes, Sr. made the decision to commercialize the invention, founding the Hughes Tool Company in 1909, in which be became quite successful.

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Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton

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Sam Walton WalmartSamuel Moore “Sam” Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992) was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. As a child, Sam Walton moved with his family to Missouri where he became an Eagle Scout at age 13, a student leader, basketball star and quarterback on a state championship football team at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1940 with a B.A. in Economics. During World War 2, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps. While in the army, he married Helen Robson of Claremore, Oklahoma, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1943. Over the years, they had 4 children: Rob, Jim, John and Alice.

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Mary Kay Ash

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Mary Kay Ash Network MarketingMary Kay Ash (May 12, 1918 – November 22, 2001) was born Mary Kathlyn Wagner in Hot Wells, Texas. Her mother, who had studied to be a nurse, worked long hours managing a restaurant. When Mary Kay was two or three, her father was ill with tuberculosis. As a result, it was her responsibility to clean, cook, and care for her father while her mother was at work. She excelled in school, but her family could not afford to send her to college. She married at age seventeen and eventually had three children.

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George Lucas

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George Lucas Star Wars LucasFilm ILMGeorge Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film producer, screenwriter and director. He is best known for being the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movie franchises. George Lucas was born in Modesto, California, the son of Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. (1913–1991), who owned a stationery store.

Long before George Lucas became obsessed with film making, he wanted to be a race-car driver, and he spent most of his high school years racing on the underground circuit at fairgrounds and hanging out at garages. However, a near-fatal accident in his souped-up Autobianchi Bianchina on June 12, 1962, just days before his high school graduation, quickly changed his mind. Instead of racing, he attended Modesto Junior College and later got accepted into a junior college to study anthropology. While taking liberal arts courses, he developed a passion for cinematography and camera tricks. George Lucas graduated from Brookdale Community College in New Jersey.

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Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954) was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi to unmarried teenage parents. Her mother, Vernita Lee was a housemaid. She believed that her biological father was Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who had been in the Armed Forces when she was born. She had her DNA tested. The genetic test determined that her maternal line originated among the Kpelle ethnic group, in the area that today is Liberia. Her genetic make up was determined to be 89% Sub-Saharan African. After her birth, her mother moved and she spent her first 6 years living in rural poverty with her grandmother. Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of 3 and took her to the local church. At 6, she moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her mother. Oprah Winfrey has stated that she was molested by her cousin, her uncle and a family friend, starting when she was 9 years old. When she was 14, she became pregnant, her son dying shortly after birth. Her mother sent her to live with Vernon Winfrey in Nashville, Tennessee. Vernon was strict, but encouraging and made her education a priority. Oprah Winfrey became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation. She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University where she studied communication. Her first job as a teenager was working at a local grocery store. At age 17, she won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She got the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college.

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Steven Paul Steve Jobs

Alternative Steve Jobs Biography Video

Steve Jobs AppleSteven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. His biological parents – Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian Muslim graduate student who later became a political science professor, and Joanne Simpson, an American graduate student who went on to become a speech therapist – later married, giving birth to and raising his biological sister, the novelist Mona Simpson. He attended Cupertino Junior High School and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, and frequented after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. He was soon hired there and worked with Steve Wozniak as a summer employee.

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William Henry “Bill” Gates III

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William Bill Gates MicrosoftWilliam Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) was born in Seattle, Washington. His father was a prominent lawyer, his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way, and her father, J. W. Maxwell, was a national bank president. At 13 he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school. When he was in the 8th grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School’s rummage sale to buy an ASR-33 teletype terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school’s students. He took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine: tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer. After the Mothers Club donation was exhausted, he and other students sought time on systems including DEC PDP minicomputers. One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC), which banned 4 Lakeside students: Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Kent Evans after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time. At the end of the ban, the 4 students offered to find bugs in CCC’s software in exchange for computer time. Rather than use the system via teletype, Bill Gates went to CCC’s offices and studied source code for various programs that ran on the system, including programs in FORTRAN, LISP and machine language. The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970, when the company went out of business. The following year, Information Sciences, Inc. hired the 4 Lakeside students to write a payroll program in COBOL, providing them computer time and royalties. After his administrators became aware of his programming abilities, Bill Gates wrote the school’s computer program to schedule students in classes. He modified the code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students. At age 17, he formed a venture with Allen, called Traf-O-Data, to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor. In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Lawrence “Larry” Page / Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin

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Larry Page and Sergey Brin of GoogleLawrence “Larry” Page (born March 26, 1973) was born in East Lansing, Michigan. Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) was born in Moscow, Russia. Larry Page’s father was a professor of computer science at Michigan State University and an early pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. He eventually entered the University of Michigan, where he earned an undergraduate degree in engineering with a concentration in computer engineering. An innovative thinker with a sense of humor, he once built a working ink-jet printer out of Lego blocks. He was eager to advance in his career, and decided to study for a Ph.D degree. He was admitted to the doctoral program in computer science at Stanford University. On an introductory weekend at the Palo Alto campus that had been arranged for new students, he met Sergey Brin. A native of Moscow, Russia, Sergey Brin was also the son of a professor, and came to the United States with his family when he was 6. His father taught math at the University of Maryland, and it was from that school’s College Park campus that Sergey Brin earned an undergraduate degree in computer science and math.

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Mark Elliot “Zuck” Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg FacebookMark Elliot Zuckerberg (May 14, 1984 – ) was born in White Plains, New York to Karen, a psychiatrist, and Edward, a dentist. He started programming when he was in middle school. His father taught him Atari BASIC Programming in the 1990′s, and then software developer David Newman was hired as his tutor in about 1995. He also took a graduate course in the subject at Mercy College near his home in the mid-1990′s. He developed computer programs, especially communication tools and games. He also designed and programmed a computer application system to help the workers in his father’s office communicate. At Ardsley High School he had excelled in the classics before in his junior year transferring to Phillips Exeter Academy, where he won prizes in science and Classical studies (in which he was fluent in French, Hebrew, Latin and ancient Greek). While in high school, under the company name Intelligent Media Group, he built a music player named the Synapse Media Player that used artificial intelligence to learn the user’s listening habits, which was posted to Slashdot and received a rating of 3 out of 5 from PC Magazine. Microsoft and AOL tried to purchase Synapse and recruit Mark Zuckerberg, but he instead went to Harvard College in September 2002 where he studied computer science and psychology and joined Alpha Epsilon Pi. At a fraternity party during his sophomore year, Zuckerberg met Priscilla Chan, who subsequently became his girlfriend. As of September 2010, he was studying Mandarin with a tutor in preparation for the couple’s slated visit to China and possibly to help in setting up operations in China, since Facebook, like Twitter, is blocked by that country’s internet firewall.

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Top Characteristics of Successful People

Characteristics of Successful People – Warren Buffet

As of March 2010, Warren Buffet was worth approximately $47 billion. This makes him the third wealthiest man in the world. In this video, he talks about characteristics of successful people. He makes it clear that It is not who you know, or even what you know. It is about how you behave.

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Characteristics of Successful People – Randy E. King

Randy E. King spent much of his adult life working as a professional businessman within a very conservative community. Randy King, for 14 years was the top sales leader, and division/national manager with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: the largest business organization in the world. After leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Randy founded his own successful business consulting companies on increasing productivity and greatly decreasing turnover. Randy has throughout his career been the keynote speaker for many Fortune 500 companies on selection, retention, and productivity. And is asked frequently to speak around the country at many chamber events, associations, business groups and non-profit organizations. He has been on hundreds of talk radio shows nationwide. He is the successful author of 5 business strategy development books and 4 audio CD’s. Here are his secrets to success.

Remember the 3 C’s: Character, Communication, Commitment to Excellence

Character – It is doing the right thing even when no one else is watching. In order to be successful, you have to be Trustworthy, Respectful, Caring, Honest and Full of Integrity. People do not want to be around people they do not trust.

Effective Communication – It is the ability to verbally present thoughts and ideas to others in a way that Creates Understanding, Clarity and a Positive Outcome. It is not enough to tell people what to do. It is about encouraging people through words to behave in a certain manner. If you want someone to buy something from you, you want them to want to buy that item because they see value in owning that item. And because of your integrity and character, you are not going to sell something that will break in 2 days.

Commitment to Excellence – There are actually two different ideas wrapped into one. First, commitment is related to Persistence, Perseverance, Hard Work and Dedication. One must put in the effort necessary to improve one’s skills and abilities. It is not enough to think about doing something. One must do 1 or 2 things over and over and over again until he/she learns how to be great at it. Albert Einstein said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In the case of commitment, it is more related to developing a skill. You run, lift weights and eat right until you become great at running. Second, excellence is related to Dream Big, Clear Vision, Innovation, Becoming an Expert in a Field and Strong Leadership. Man has been on the Moon. Man has flown faster than the speed of sound. We can communicate with a person in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia all at the same time. Did we accomplish these things by hoping and wishing? Of course not. It was a visionary who said it could be done, an effective communicator who said it should be done, an engineer who said this is how it is done and a great leader to make it happen. Commitment to excellence states that through hard work and clear vision, we can accomplish great things.

In this video, Randy King talks about these characteristics of successful people: Hard Work, Dream Big, Commitment to Excellence, Communication, Character, Expert in a Field, Innovate/Improve, Coachability and Positive Mental Attitude.

Top Characteristics of Successful People – List Form

Dream Big
Hard Work
Clear Vision
Have a Mentor
Expert in a Field
Strong Leadership
High Energy Level
Tolerance for Failure
Calculated Risk Taker
Problem Solving Skills
Goal Oriented Behavior
Positive Mental Attitude
Effective Communication
Commitment to Excellence
Strong Management and Organizational Skills

Top 10 Most Patriotic Speeches in American History

Top 10 Most Patriotic Speeches in American History

If a person wants to be an effective communicator and great leader for positive change, one must first understand what these ideas mean. In order to achieve, one must study, observe and learn from achievers.

Patriotism can be defined as “Love of and Devotion to One’s Country.” An effective speech is “The Act of Describing Thoughts, Feelings and Perceptions in Words.” Characteristics of a great leader include: High Energy Level, Goal Oriented Behavior, Self-Confidence, Creativity, Clear Vision, Commitment to Excellence, Strong Integrity, Being an Agent of Change and Being a Positive Role Model.

One who delivers a great patriotic speech will have a love a country, a clear vision of what he/she wants to accomplish and the ability to lead and motivate others to follow him/her in order to achieve this vision.

In order to be on this list of great American patriotic speeches, the speech needs to:

Be Memorable and Quotable
Contain a Clear Vision of the Future
Contain Clear Objective Goals
Achieve The Goals Laid Out in the Speech
Be Delivered in a Strong Effective Manner
Create a Lasting Positive Change in America

These Top 10 Patriotic Speeches in American History have lifted hearts in dark times, gave hope in despair, refined the characters of men, inspired brave feats, gave courage to the weary, honored the dead and, most importantly, changed the course of history.

Honorable Mentioned #3: Winston Churchill – Blood, Toil, Sweat and Tears

Blood, Toil, Sweat and Tears – Winston Churchill – May 13, 1940

“Sir, to form an Administration of this scale and complexity is a serious undertaking in itself, but it must be remembered that we are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history, that we are in action at many points in Norway and in Holland, that we have to be prepared in the Mediterranean, that the air battle is continuous and that many preparations have to be made here at home.”

The only reason Winston Churchill did not make the Top 10 list is because he was not an American. He has a well deserved place here because of his foresight, conviction, clarity of thought and leadership. He was preparing for war against Adolf Hitler and Germany long before people even saw the Axis Powers as a threat. And after his successful leadership through World War 2 in charge of the British Empire, he again strongly voiced concern about Joseph Stalin and the rise of the Soviet Union. Lack of action from the rest of the world brought forth the Cold War.

Honorable Mentioned #2: Theodore Roosevelt – The Right of the People to Rule

The Right of the People to Rule – Theodore Roosevelt – March 20, 1912

“The great fundamental issue now before the Republican party and before our people can be stated briefly. It is: Are the American people fit to govern themselves, to rule themselves, to control themselves? I believe they are.”

Teddy Roosevelt was a great orator. He gave style, class and charisma to his many speeches. I placed him on the honorable mentioned list for this reason. Where he falls short is quotability and a tendency for being verbose (using a lot of words).

Honorable Mentioned #1: John F Kennedy – Inauguration Address

Inauguration Address – John Fitzgerald Kennedy – January 20, 1961

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

John F Kennedy just became the youngest President in history in a close contest against Vice President Richard Nixon. He desired to communicate and gather support for the agenda he envisioned for the country, an agenda of government involvement which would be decidedly different than that of outgoing President Eisenhower’s.

It is a great speech with a clear vision. It did not make the Top 10 list because its lasting impact was not as great as the others that made the Top 10 list.

#10: Douglas MacArthur – Duty, Honor, Country

Duty, Honor, Country – Douglas MacArthur – May 12, 1962

“Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory; that if you lose, the nation will be destroyed; that the very obsession of your public service must be: Duty, Honor, Country.”

Although this was addressed to Military cadets at West Point, his poignant speech about Duty, Honor, Country lays a road map of thought and behavior, that, when followed in both military and personal life, will bring about victory and success. His speech rhythm is slow, but steady. He truly believes in America and its values. He shows a true love and patriotism for the people of the United States of America.

#9: Franklin Delano Roosevelt – First Inaugural Address

First Inaugural Address – Franklin D. Roosevelt – March 4, 1933

“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure, as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.”

FDR was trying to pull the country out of the Great Depression. He needed to lead and inspire. And he did so with this effective speech.

#8: Ronald Reagan – Farewell Address to the Nation

Farewell Address to the Nation – Ronald Reagan – January 11, 1989

“As long as we remember our first principles and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours. And something else we learned: Once you begin a great movement, there’s no telling where it will end. We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world.”

This was a speech that was thought out, thorough, contemplative, delivered well and encouraged Americans to continue the good fight. Many of his thoughts and ideas reverberate through a large group of people to this day.

#7: George Washington – Farewell Address – December 23, 1783

George Washington – Farewell Address

“Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of american, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”

George Washington, along with a handful of other men, such as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, played an integral part in the formation of the United States of America. In his last act as a statesman, he stepped down after serving 8 years as President of the United States. This created the tradition that a President is a servant of the Nation and should not serve more than 8 years. It was not until the 22nd Amendment in 1951 that this became law. Even then, there is only 1 President who served more than 8 years (Franklin Delano Roosevelt). It was because of his almost 4-term Presidency that the 22nd Amendment was written.

#6: Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate – Ronald Reagan – June 12, 1987

Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate – Ronald Reagan

“Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev — Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

With strong leadership and conviction, President Ronald Reagan was an integral part in ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union. With military build up, strong economic growth and the goal to end the stalemate with the Soviet Union, Reagan stood strong at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, and stated to the world for Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union, to tear down the wall separating East Berlin from West Berlin. On November 10, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union was on its way to extinction.

#5: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death – Patrick Henry – March 23, 1775

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death – Patrick Henry

“Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry made a passionate speech full of clarity and conviction to the Virginia governing body just after the Boston Tea Party and before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Also, the future second President of the United States – Thomas Jefferson – was in the audience. As a result, Virginia voted to join the other colonies to fight for independence. And Virginia played a major role in the American Revolution. The American colonies won and the United States of America was born.

#4: The Decision to Go to the Moon – John F. Kennedy – May 25, 1961

The Decision to Go to the Moon – John F. Kennedy

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

In the middle of the Cold War against the Soviet Union, JFK makes an ambitious goal to send men to the Moon in less than 9 years. As most great leaders know, a great vision, clear goals and strong leadership can generate amazing results. Although the Soviet Union had some early successes over the United States, it was the USA that eventually sent the first men to the Moon. As a result, JFK greatly sped up research and development in technology. These competitive advances led to many tools that gave the United States significant military advantages and helped to usher in the Information Age.

#3: Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – December 8, 1941

Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

FDR placed clear and undeniable blame on Japan for the attack on Pearl Harbor. He laid out his arguments for war, and at the end of the speech asked Congress to declare war on Japan. He was able to get what he asked for and was able to wage war against the Axis powers. Eventually, with strong leadership from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and others, the Allies eventually won World War 2.

#2: Gettysburg Address – Abraham Lincoln – November 19, 1863

Gettysburg Address – Abraham Lincoln

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln took on the responsibility to preserve the Union during the American Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the deadliest battles of the war. It also marked the turning point in which the North began its long road to eventual victory over the South. He wanted to make sure that these lives that were sacrificed were not in vain. When the North won the Civil War, slavery became abolished within the entire United States of America.

#1: Dr Martin Luther King Jr – I Have a Dream – August 23, 1963

Dr Martin Luther King Jr – I Have a Dream

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

In the middle of the Cold War, violent actions related to the Civil Rights Movement, and general civil unrest, Dr Martin Luther King Jr calmly walks to the podium amongst a crowd of over 100,000 people to announce to the world that African Americans in the United States of America now have equal protection under the law and are truly free from bondage and slavery. He hoped and prayed for peaceful demonstrations and fought against violence. He lost his life as a result of his public actions, but was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice to proclaim his convictions to the world.

The 13 speeches listed above portray many important concepts: patriotism, conviction, effective public speaking, strong leadership and great vision. If you study and truly understand how and why these public figures said what they said and when they said it, you will begin to understand what American patriotism, effective communication and leadership are all about. And these three concepts will lead you to a very successful and fulfilled life.

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