Our Past Is Our Future

In a recent post, I ended the essay by stating that being a leader is the most important job in the world. The more I think about this, the more I believe it to be true.

Leaders have built the world as we know it. Yet, leaders have also destroyed their worlds and often what followed. The Greek Empire was not the first example of this, but followed many others, which led to the mighty Roman Empire that lasted for hundreds of years. History is clear: what is built by man is destroyed by man. To this day, power continues to be badly misunderstood.

People, being human, are therefore fallible and error-prone. Sometimes weak, strong, kind, and sensitive, while at other times arrogant and stupidly sure of themselves. We are all of this and more. Still, throughout time, some have managed to create civilizations that have lasted hundreds of years, benefitting millions upon millions of people, while others have been responsible for sacrificing millions upon millions of lives for their selfish and smallminded goals. All this is in the grand scheme of the rare rock that provides resources for life—our planet, Earth.

This and more is our history.  Certain people take charge of what exists and take it to other places or build what did not exist before. They create organizations and leaders. Some become leaders of leaders.

Their leadership, good and bad, has made our world and will continue to make or break it.

Man, his own enemy—Does not know the power of power—Ignorance his bliss


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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