April 12, 2016

THE CULTURE WARS ARE A ROUT:

Broadway hit 'Hamilton' has good life advice (Heather Long, April 2, 2016, CNN Money)

1. "Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder."

George Washington gives this advice to a young Alexander Hamilton in the song "Right Hand Man." Hamilton wants to go to the front during the Revolutionary War and make a name for himself in combat. Washington reminds him it's easy to charge into most things in life. Smart people think first and figure out how to win the war with more than blind optimism.


3. "Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now."

Optimism comes up time and again as a key characteristic of successful people. You have to believe in yourself and your team to make something happen. In "Hamilton," the first people to sing this line are the three Schuyler sisters (in the song titled "The Schuyler Sisters"). One of them, Eliza, marries Hamilton.

5. "I should have known the world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me"

After Burr kills Hamilton, he sings a song of regret ("The World Was Wide Enough"). He wishes he had realized that both he and Hamilton could succeed, it wasn't a zero-sum game. A lot of people struggle with jealously. It holds people back personally and professionally.

Posted by at April 12, 2016 4:38 AM

  

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