I was reading a book about using Robert E. Lee for business. The theme was making do with limited resources, but also being honorable.
Well, I came up with an idea. What about for writers? Taking his life and its different aspects.
1. Examining yourself. Robert E. Lee’s father was the Revolutionary War Hero Harry “Light Horse” Lee. Dad was a bit of a wastrel and left the family high and dry. What’s inside yourself that can hold you back?
2. Resources. Most of Robert E. Lee’s Army career was in the Army Corps of Engineers. He entered the Army in the first place, because he couldn’t afford higher education otherwise. He learned how to make do with as little as possible, when getting supplies to complete a project. This happened even more so when he commanded the Army of Northern Virginia. Supplies in an already cash strapped Confederacy were hard to come by. He had to work to raise money for Washington College (Now Washington and Lee University). He had to learn to make do, as do most writers. We have to market our product. We have to budget our time.
3. Never stop learning! After attending West Point, Robert E. Lee later became its Superintendent. After the Civil War, he had all kinds of offers to make a lot of money by being a figurehead for various companies. He chose to run Washington College to make a difference. As a writer, you need to keep learning and teaching.
4. Last but not least, be honorable! Be the last one to speak, but stand up when needed. As a writer act with honor, act professionally!
You may not approve of the cause he fought for. He saw it as a bad idea, but once his beloved state of Virginia seceded from the Union, he felt he had no choice. (He was offered command of the Union Army and would have accepted, but for Virginia. Just another historical “What if)?”
I plan to present this at some conferences near you. Stay tuned.
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