March 31, 2023,

From the Desk of: Donald C. Bolduc


If I had a book to recommend to anyone wanting to get into public service at the local, state, or national level, it would be Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The lessons in this book are invaluable and will help mitigate many of the mistakes, pitfalls, and negative behaviors of those seeking public service in politics, the military, law enforcement, government service, media, or business. Whether it is personal behavior, selecting teams, engaging with people, or dealing with hardship, the lessons in this book provide a plethora of real-world examples.

The lessons I took from the book are as follows:

Lesson one is to stay humble, tell the truth, and stay true to your values and principles. Win or lose, and you must look at yourself in the mirror.

Lesson two is to let your challenges make you better, not bitter.

Lesson three is instead of antagonizing people, turn them in your favor.

Lesson four is to learn from your rivals.