John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. I’ve often wondered how people get to be President of the United States. Do they just magically become president?
Well, I’ve read that Kennedy’s father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., actually groomed him to be president from an early age. Joseph Kennedy was born to a political family in Boston. He became wealthy from finance, the stock market, real estate, the movie industry, and importing liquor. He was rumored to have been a bootlegger during Prohibition, but this was not firmly proven.
Joe Kennedy became friends with Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was working for a steel shipyard company, and Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy. When Roosevelt became president, he appointed Kennedy to Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Joe Kennedy was very ambitious, and in his eyes, the ultimate prize was the American presidency. He wanted his eldest son, Joe Jr. to become president, but after Joe Jr,’s death in 1944, he became determined to make the second eldest son, John, president.
There are two points I want to make with this example. The father Joe Kennedy, decided on a goal, and was fiercely determined to achieve it. He was a strong force to make his son, John F. Kennedy president. John F. Kennedy, on the other hand, was made to believe that he COULD become president from an early age.
I myself, didn’t become president, in part, because I never thought it was possible, and it was a far off, distant possibility for anyone in my family. It sounds like I’m being facetious, but when you think about it, it’s true. If you believe your goal is possible, you will point your life in that direction. John F. Kennedy had many advantages which enabled him to become president, but the first step in achieving a goal is believing that it’s possible.