Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., talks about the importance of finding one’s highest calling …
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker thinks everyone has a unique gift. His own parents, while he was growing up, told him that he had such a gift and that one of his missions in life should be to find that gift.
“My parents didn’t want me to become a reflection of the world. They wanted me to become a reflection of my highest calling,” Booker told genConnect in an interview. We often fall into a habit of looking to the left and right to figure out who we should be, instead of looking within, he added. Even “if you don’t get there, the very pursuit will expand your world.”
Booker said there were many turning points in his life, including the one in which he was trying to decide whether to run for public office. A friend told him to focus on his purpose, instead of the position, and to not dwell on what would happen if he loses. “You have a responsibility to take risks … at the end of the day you will be a better man for risking it all,” Booker said.
About Cory Booker: The Honorable Cory A. Booker, 39, is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He took the oath of office as Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city on July 1, 2006 following a sweeping electoral victory. [...] View author profile.
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