I just finished reading an interview in Washingtonian Magazine with Tom Davis (R), retiring congressman from NoVA. His response to the question of what he’s learned in office seemed particularly applicable to so much in life, not just politics, so I thought I’d share. (I’ve paraphrased)
First, there’s a lot you don’t know. You ought to be constantly asking questions.
Second, you need to take people as they are. Don’t try to change them; don’t try to wish they would do something. Just take them as they are and deal with them.
Third, you’ve got to be patient, and getting angry is never beneficial to getting what you want.