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Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a former special assistant to President George H. W. Bush and is now a prominent corporate and university campus speaker. A cofounder of the relief organization Mercy Corps and author of twenty-seven books, including the New York Times bestseller All the Presidents' Children, he lives near Washington, D.C., with his family. Visit his websites at www.dougwead.com and www.mercycorps.com.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Delay is death - Peter the Great

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I'm convinced it is a decision. I remember well the moment as a teenager when I firmly decided I was going to be happy. And although I have hurt as much as any normal person has hurt, usually because of my own mistakes, I have never forgotten that promise to myself.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. George Smiley; from John LeCarre's novels

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I once finished a 100,000 piece puzzle of the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to answer inconsequential, trivia questions and do so quickly.

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