Seventy-seven (67) years ago this week (June 5th to be exact), General George Marshall gave a historic speech at Harvard University where he outlined his vision forThe Marshall Plan, or the rebuilding of Europe after World War II

While the Marshall Plan encompassed much of the European continent and Japan, it was most notable for its far-reaching vision. It literally called for the rebuilding of the nations that had bombed us. That meant our two biggest enemies: Germany and Japan, too. 

People questioned the logic (and sanity) back then of leaders who would put hard-earned taxpayer money, into the rebuilding of nations which had actively engaged in war against us. But thankfully we had leaders with a long view, and a practical mind too. 

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John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and is the only 2010-2012 bestselling business author in America who is also African-American. His newest book is HOW THE POOR CAN SAVE CAPITALISM (Berrett Koehler Publishing). Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans,and co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

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