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OPEN LETTER: Sheikh Mohammed shares some important life lessons

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is very active on social media. In fact, he’s the most ‘liked’ GCC leader on Facebook. He often uses his platforms to share wise words and his most recent open letter on LinkedIn is no different.

He’s what Sheikh Mohammed had to say about life and leadership in a post titled “Lessons in Life“:

“I often get asked about the UAE’s leadership journey and development path, and from time to time, I like to share some thoughts and lessons that I’ve learned along the way, to convey our experiences to future generations.

“Life has taught me that change is constant; it is also our best teacher. As the earth changes its seasons, the sky its stars, and the sun and moon move through the horizon, so our life also evolves endlessly.

“The world waits for no one – those who do not learn and evolve can stumble and often fall. Nations, like people, need change to grow and develop. Some governments live in the past, many struggle with the present – a few are building the future.

“Life has taught me that a successful government spends less time playing politics, devising complex strategies and spreading positive stories, and far more investing in the human being.

“The ultimate success of a nation relies on how government empowers its citizens. The wisdom, success and vision of the government should only be measured, and judged, by its people – a nation’s enduring asset is its citizens.

“I never fear competition because competition strengthens, motivates and humbles you. By being humble in times of triumph and success, a leader provides a glowing example to everyone, just like the UAE’s late father and founder Sheikh Zayed.

“This powerful leader spoke gently and listened carefully. He taught me that all people and nations are under God and all wealth is God’s blessing. We should treat all people equally, and open our doors willingly to all who seek opportunity.”

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