Badass Wisdom from Our Founding Fathers (quotes)

Never, ever, for the rest of your careers, hire someone who had a GPA of 4.0. Ever. Because the definition of a 4.0 is that this person buys the act; they don’t screw around. Tommy Jefferson, Al Hamilton, and Georgie Washington, they were screwing around. This was a dinky doo-dippy country and they said, let’s go after that George dude. Now that was not smart. If they had 4.0 grade point averages, they would not have started this revolution.

Tom Peters, author of the best-selling book The Search for Excellence

We tend to think of the Founding Fathers as being wise and visionary men; we forget that they were once young guys with crazy and grand ambitions who, through great audacity, relentless execution and a good fortune, were able to build the greatest startup in the world: The United States of America.

Check out some of these bad ass quotes from our Founding Fathers:

George Washington: “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

Ben Franklin: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

John Quincy Adams: “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”

Who are your favorite Founding Fathers and what wisdom have you learned from them? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section!

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