By David Greenberg
“Coolidge’s muteness is especially striking because he chose an extrovert’s profession.”
As a soft-spoken, nonchalant person, It’s easy to think that my type B personality makes me a “sub-par” person amongst extroverts. With loud mouth politicians, braggadocious pop culture icons, and flamboyant characters in western culture some of us may feel like we are weak or unworthy of success.
But from 1923-1929, the most powerful man in the United States was Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge.
Doing by Non-Doing
Cal believed that problems would solve themselves over time.
“If you see ten troubles coming you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you, and you have to battle with only one of them.”
Instead of panicking or taking on too many projects alone, Cal took a hands off approach. He felt that there were enough laws and regulations. This country didn’t need anymore.
Coming from Vermont he grew up in a family that believed in thrift and hard work, Cal grew up in a quiet and hardworking mentality. He was raised to look down at no one except those who “assumed superior airs.”
He was deliberate in his decisions, conservative in his temperament and ideology, and restrained in his personal style
When he campaigned he didn’t denounce opponents. Instead, he stuck with his principles.
Even though politics disgust me, every once in a while, you will find a leader who is genuine. When I’m tempted to think that jerks and d-bags are the only influential people. I just think to myself, “Be presidential, like Silent-Cal.”
Sometimes less is more. Inaction is often more powerful than action. Cal was president in the most prosperous decade in American history. He is proof that having a cool calm demeanor is a type of leadership that others will secretly admire.
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done his aim is fulfilled.”