Former US Ambassador Dave Phillips Takes on Whining and Winning
By Corine Gatti-Santillo (MOM on THE RIGHT), a (TLB) Contributor
You can’t be diplomatic with most people during political discourse. Or can you? You know my thoughts by now, and know, it’s highly improbable. ~MOTR
Well, I might stand corrected.
Former US Ambassador to Estonia, Dave Phillips says we can become less fragmented in our nation. After reading, Come On, America: The Inspirational Journey of Ambassador Dave Phillips — his extraordinary life account and leadership signifies optimism for everyone American, regardless of politics.
Phillips mastered overcoming challenges when he was a child, facing a birth defect that stunted growth in his leg, leading to a partial amputation at 14. He faced bullies and rheumatic fever during his youth—and learned he didn’t have enemies, just opposition.
He showed himself and the world what could be achieved. He’s entertained sitting presidents, strategize with international leaders and became friends with the Dalai Lama.
Yeah, that’s right – the Dalai Lama!
Phillips worked with world leaders and observed the first international cyber-war initiated by Estonia and Russia at the start of his ambassadorship under the George W. Bush administration (2007) Back at home, he developed the International Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina and was Secretary of Commerce under Governor Jim Hunt. As Secretary of Commerce, he organized several trade missions to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, meeting such world leaders as Prime Minister Rabin of Israel, Prime Minister Murayama of Japan, and President Zedillo of Mexico. Phillips was the chairman of the 1999 Special Olympics World Games and was recently honored as the Special Olympics turns 20 in 2019.
The book is not overly political. However, Phillips remains firm we can have bipartisanship in politics. Although I have personal doubts about Washington and politics, Phillips encourages us to communicate respectfully, while making our voices heard during opposition.
Yet, there’s a bigger message.
A message of idealism. The main theme of the book is not about politics, it’s a blueprint on how we can be triumphant by pressing through trials with courage.
“Every individual goes through adversity in their lives. I don’t care if you’re rich, poor, black, white, handicapped, star athlete, executive, addict, scholar, or a high school dropout. Our problem is that most people focus on what hasn’t gone right for them and whine about it—and miss the unique opportunities for success they do have.” – Come On, America: The Inspirational Journey of Ambassador Dave Phillips.
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Check out Come On, America: The Inspirational Journey of Ambassador Dave Phillips for a more exciting insight. Available at all major book outlets.
About TLB Contributor Corine Gatti-Santillo. (MOM on THE RIGHT)
Corine’s tool belt holds two decades as an editor, investigative reporter, and web content strategist. This has given her the fuel to provide encouraging and aspirational insights on news of the day and cultural trends. She is a journalist and analyst extraordinaire …
Corine’s experience as a senior editor for Belifenet.com was an opportunity that positioned her well, including having an interview of hers picked up by the Washington Post.
In an era of “fake news” and pundits, those delivering information through ideological lenses, Corine offers fresh, lively, bias-free coverage and commentary. It’s truth that’s truly inspirational. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University and is a gifted writer and editor, savvy interviewer, poised and diplomatic correspondent, effective team leader and production controller, and skilled in marketing and reader-viewer-ship building initiatives.
She also offers articulate, authoritative broadcast analysis – with wit and whimsy – as a sole guest or as a roundtable panelist. Corine and her husband, Rocky, live in Virginia with their daughter, Aria Brooklyn and pup Maggie.
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