Rahm's Open Road
Always Questioning (0:49)
White House (1:04)
Passion Not a Job (0:42)
Dealing With Failure (1:02)
Fabric Of A Neighborhood (0:35)
City of Chicago
advice, career, crisis, decisions, depressed, education, failure, family, graduation, improvement, insecurities, just do it, parents, passion, politics, president, regrets, scholarship, university, white house
- He was a dancer when he was young; he got a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet and almost took it.
- Realized that ballet was his mother's dream for him; it wasn't his own personal passion.
- His driving goal was to get to the White House and work for a president he believed in-accomplished that as President Clinton's senior advisor.
- While he was working in the White House, he started to feel himself pulled towards running for office.
- Realized he didn't want to look back and say "woulda, coulda, shoulda," so he left his high-powered position to run for mayor of Chicago.
- Says that improving the education system in Chicago was the core passion behind his run for office.
- Told everyone that worked in the White House, "This is special, so if you pull up to these gates and don't feel a tingle, turn in your badge and get out."
- Used that metaphor to signify that if you don't have a passion for whatever it is you're doing, you always have time to move on to something else.