If You Were President, What Would You Do?

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We recently featured a wonderful essay written by Fawzia Koofi called “If I Were President” and it was one of the most popular pieces of the week.

Fawzia Koofi is Afghanistan’s first female speaker of Parliament and a noted activist for women and children’s rights. She is currently a leading candidate for Afghanistan’s presidential elections in 2014.

The deep love that she has for her country — and the personal responsibility she feels for making life better for her fellow citizens — pours out of every word of her essay. She is the very definition of an Architect of Change.

When I was growing up, my grandmother would always ask my brothers, cousins and myself: If you were president, what would you do?

Once we would answer, she would go on to the next grandchild. And so on. Eventually, she would be satisfied with our answers and we could go play!

The truth is: it’s a question all of us can ask ourselves. The presidential office is open to all natural-born citizens of United States. Many of us choose not to even consider it, but I think it’s an interesting question to ask ourselves in this election year.

If you were president, what would you do? What would you stand for and focus on? What problems would you try to fix? What would your platform be?

Think and reflect. Go beyond party. Go beyond the obvious. Narrow it down to three things and share your best ideas below.

Then, go out and take on those problems anyway!

Not all of us will run for president, but all of us can run for our lives!

About the Author

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Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution.

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