The Governor

I once met a man who called himself The Governor.

Not because he governed, but because he didn’t allow his life to be limited by a governor.

A governor, or speed limiter, is a device used to measure and regulate the speed of a machine, such as an engine.

Why call yourself The Governor when your successful life was built by not allowing one into it?


The Governor is the type of person you meet once in a lifetime. A man so successful, not just monetarily, but socially and morally, that you wonder how he got there.

As I sat down to listen to his story, his tips to success, he whispered to me, almost in secret:

“Don’t allow yourself to set your own limits. Don’t be the governor of your own life.”

Govern yourself without a Governor.

2/1/2012 -- Stanford, CA -- Stanford University computer science professor DAVID CHERITON is photographed in his office in the Gates Computer Science Building on the Stanford University campus on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. -- Photo by Martin Klimek/Gett
David Cheriton – Stanford professor
Photo by Martin Klimek/Gett




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