How do you contribute?
Question: What is your proudest achievement?
Robert Menendez: My proudest personal achievement is my two children. They are great individuals, human beings who have developed into people who care as much about others as themselves; and who I think are going to be great members of this human family, and going to make not only their own personal marks, but make the marks on behalf of people in different ways . . . in different ways. And so those are two great accomplishments. On a professional basis, having become a United States Senator; not only because it is, in my view, the greatest democratic institution in the world; not only because of the privilege of representing nine million New Jersians; not only because of being part of directing where the country is going by virtue of the collective work we do on behalf of the country; but in my particular case, when the son of immigrants, the first in his family to go to college, and the first in his state to be elected statewide from the minority community could end up being one of 100 United States Senators in a country of 300 million people. It spoke volumes to young people who are sitting somewhere in their lives in a tenement where I grew up, or in a similar tenement where I grew up, or in a public school classroom, or who come from immigrant families or other minority communities and can say, “If Senator Menendez could be one of 100 United States Senators in a country of 300 million people, then anything is possible.” It is the promise of America fulfilled. It is a promise that I have worked hard every day to keep a reality for future generations of Americans.
Recorded on: 9/12/07
Menendez hopes his example gives minorities hope.
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.
I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.