The Difference Between Becoming a Convict or a President


By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International 

What’s the difference between someone who becomes President of the United States, and someone who becomes a convicted criminal??

One of the sobering answers to this question is one that President Obama shared when he recently visited the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution. He is the first U.S. President in history to visit a federal prison while still in office.

Check out the video for the answer...

So what is the difference between someone becoming the President of the United States and a convicted criminal?

If there was ever a case for making sure that you are surrounded by the right people, this is it. It can be the difference between fulfilling your dreams and spending years in turmoil. We all make mistakes, we’ve all done things we’re not proud of, had questions we couldn’t answer, faced difficult times. That’s when the right people count. Obama had the right people to guide him and show him a better way.

What’s important here is - you can do something about it. You can connect. You can reach out for support, or reach out to support others. You can build your network and that can start with the smallest of things - even a text to a relative or an old colleague to say ‘how’s it going?’

Give it a go, you never know how it could open up your world. Remember, success doesn’t care who you are - anyone can go beyond their current circumstances!

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