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Mike Ball an Tine - Autobiography

Mike Ball an Tine - Autobiography

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This is a self-written autobiography of Mike Ballantine prepared for his campaign to run for President in 2012. This document tries to capture both Mike’s life experiences as well as his philosophy. I just finished Chapter 10 so except for some editing of grammar and maybe some minor additions, this work is done. Enjoy
This is a self-written autobiography of Mike Ballantine prepared for his campaign to run for President in 2012. This document tries to capture both Mike’s life experiences as well as his philosophy. I just finished Chapter 10 so except for some editing of grammar and maybe some minor additions, this work is done. Enjoy

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CAMPAIGN TO ELECT MIKE BALLANTINE PRESIDENT 2012
A Pathway toLeadership
An Autobiography of Mike Ballantine
Michael12/22/2011
 This is a self-written autobiography of Mike Ballantine prepared for his campaign torun for President in 2012. This document tries to capture both Mike’s lifeexperiences as well as his philosophy.
 
Chapter 1 - Philosophy
With any candidate, comes the necessity of writing a book. A book does more thanreveal the history of a candidate but helps explain the candidate’s state of mind, philosophy, andrelevant experiences that qualify him or her for political office. After innumerable delays, hereis my attempt to try to help you understand my thinking, how I arrived at my ideas, and why I believe my proposals are better suited to meeting the needs of a 21
st
century America. For some,my detailed description of my life and experiences will be more of a concern, for others my philosophy and ideas will be their primary concern. For those who want to get to the heart of theissues, I will start with ideas and then move on to the recount of my childhood and internationaladventures.
Personal Philosophy
It is difficult to capture anyone’s complete philosophy because one would have to list aninfinite number of what ifs but let’s start with some of the basics. As a child, I was raised in atypical middle class home until the age of 12 when my parents divorced. Suddenly, we wentfrom middle-class to lower middle-class overnight. This taught me that nothing is guaranteedand that life can throw you curveballs when you least expect it. Still, there is much to say for experience, having lived through the traumatic turmoil that divorce brings upon a family as botha child and an adult, I believe I can better understand the needs of people who face similar trials.During my early years, I was active in Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts, and finally theOrder of the Arrow. I attained all of the highest ranks from Webelo, to Eagle Scout, and VigilHonor. During this time I participated in Scouting in Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Harrisburg. Imet and befriended hundreds of different young men as well as developed behavioralcharacteristics based on the role-models of adults that guided me. I have developed a strong
 
 belief that role-modeling is more important in the development of character than any critical pedagogy in any school lesson. Scouting taught me a love of my country, a love for nature, anda willingness to help others without expectation of payment. It also taught me that whensomeone or something was in trouble I should lend a hand without question and do what isnecessary. This is a quintessential part of being an American. We extend a hand in friendshipand help others without expectation of compensation. It is what we do. This belief forms thecore of my candidacy. America is in trouble and I believe I have the ideas to solve it. If I do notextend my hand then I am betraying the very beliefs that I was taught as a young man. Call menaïve but I still think public service is a good thing.I also believed that people were generally good and for the most part they are. When Iwas 14, my mother placed my two brothers and myself in Milton Hershey School (MHS). In1977, MHS opened its doors, first to children who were not orphans, and eventually to girls aswell. I was part of the first five children in this program and for me it was a great adventure.The main lesson I took from the school was that despite Milton Hershey’s failure in commerce,he never stopped believing in himself and continued to persevere until he achieved success. Thatis a strong lesson and one that I have always taken to heart. I always strive to work harder and Ido not let roadblocks deter me. Every problem has a solution, life is about solving problems andnot all solutions have been discovered. MHS taught me a few other things, such as the value of capitalism and the need for those who gain great reward from the community to return some of that wealth back in the form of charity. When I graduated in 1980, I had $100 in my pocket andthe world at my feet.As a banker, I quickly learned that the key to building a business was making friendswith the banker. You see bankers are not all that interested in lending money to small business.

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