Be prepared

Before she was the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi was the mother of five. She had five children in the span of six years and one week.

In her book Madam Speaker—Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, Susan Page reports that Pelosi drilled into her children an unofficial family motto—“Proper preparation prevents poor performance.”

Pelosi repeated the motto so often that her family referred to “The Five P’s.”

“Inelegant, perhaps,” Susan Page comments, “she would never be known for eloquence. But it was memorably alliterative and applicable to almost any situation.”

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