New York, New York: The Leadership Secrets of Ed Koch

In my most trying days as mayor, when all looked difficult and sometimes impossible, I would think to myself, “Look, Koch, there are lots of people out there who are smarter than you are, and would have made better mayors, but they chose not to run.

And of those who ran, the people decided you were the one they wanted. So, all you can do is give it your best shot.

Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the critics and the political threats and consequences of doing what has to be done. Make decisions, and know that not every one of them will turn out to be right.

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