Grover Norquist has been a conservative activist since he volunteered for Richard Nixon's presidential campaign while still a middle schooler. He's become a political force in his own right as founder of Americans for Tax Reform and has spent 25 years in Washington, fighting to shrink the size of government and reduce taxes. In the process, he's become a national leader in conservative politics.
Norquist says the keys to his success are simple: "A lot of work. No whining." But he also has mastered the art of knowing just what he wants to accomplish and inspiring people to help, whether they are paid staffers or volunteers.
Here's Norquist's take on managing failure and success and on the most effective conservative political leaders in America today.
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