Last week I started reading “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow. I’ve been amazed at what Hamilton was able to accomplish, regardless of his humble beginnings. He was a significant figure in the formation of America, and it surprised me that we weren’t taught more about him in school.
As I read about Hamilton, and many of the other founding fathers of America, I’m struck by the fact that even though they accomplished so many great things, they were all flawed individuals.
It’s easy to look at people who have accomplished great things and think that they have it all together or that they don’t have any challenges, insecurities, or flaws. It is also easy to look at ourselves and think that we aren’t capable of great things because of our challenges, insecurities, and flaws. However, Hamilton’s story reminds me that we are all flawed, and that it is flawed and imperfect people that do great things in the world.
Being flawed is not a barrier to doing great things; it feels more like a requirement.