Monthly Archives: July 2010


Watching Rome burn

Part 2 in a series

By Katie Kieffer If Rome was so prosperous and peaceful during the first and second century AD, why did she fall? You’ve probably heard people say, “Rome was not built in a day.” Well, Rome also did not fall overnight. It took repeated corruption and poor governance over time for Rome to reach a point of such extreme weakness that German barbarians were able to conquer her.

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Part 1 in a series

By Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer in front of the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome. Image copyright Katie Kieffer. All rights reserved.

Our founding fathers were obsessed with the Roman Republic. They studied it meticulously and their goal was to form a democratic republic in the United States of America that would replicate and mirror the Roman Republic’s strengths while avoiding Rome’s mistakes.

In the first and second centuries AD, Rome was governed by a balanced constitution. The Roman Republic was a decentralized government. There were checks and balances on power, which our founding fathers liked. There was a Senate and three law-making citizen assemblies that had the power to influence and guide the decisions of the consul or the commander-in-chief. Rome held popular elections for the offices of chief magistrates. Continue reading

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Incept your own dream

Part 2 of 2

By Katie Kieffer

As an American, you can determine your own life. You can make your dreams realities. A new study indicates that young American professionals out-dream young professionals around the world, and they have free enterprise to thank.

A recent global research study conducted by Johnson Controls asked young people in the U.S., UK, China and India to rank their top priorities in choosing an employer. Continue reading

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Jobless & drinking Jameson

Part 1 of 2

By Katie Kieffer

Jameson Irish Whiskey. Image credit:

If you’re a young, talented and educated Irish professional, chances are you’re drinking Jameson® and bemoaning your job prospects.

Now that I’m back from a long visit in Ireland, I’m convinced that economic freedom is the cornerstone of success for a young person – no matter what part of the world you are from.
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How to win fans in America

By Katie Kieffer

Joe Mauer signed baseball.Royalty doesn’t sit well with Americans. Our ancestors sailed across the pond to free themselves from pompous aristocrats. Americans believe that all men are equal before God, not that certain men should be treated as gods.

If you’re a pro athlete and you want to win fans in America, you need to respect American ideals. These include gratitude and humility, of which basketball star Lebron James has proved deficient throughout his process of moving from Cleveland to the Miami Heat as a free agent. Continue reading

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Lookin’ at a winner

3 ways the USA dominates soccer

By Katie Kieffer

Pass U.S. the ball. ‘Cause she’s a winner, winner, winner.

Team USA did not hoist the World Cup trophy on its shoulders in South Africa. But, what the sports world, even in the U.S., has overlooked, is that Team USA and the U.S. have made soccer the popular and profitable sport that it is today.

Today, the U.S. influences and contributes to the growth and development of soccer more than any other country in the world. Here’s how: Continue reading

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Finding beauty in life

By Katie Kieffer

Life is a beautiful thing. That is why the freedom to give generously to others and to choose gratitude over discontent elevates humanity.

I was recently nominated by the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation as one of the Twin Cities 25 Finest Young Professionals. Prior to being honored in this way, I was not fully aware of the impacts of this genetic disease. Recently, I was fortunate to interview Chelsea Votel – an amazing and optimistic young woman who is living with cystic fibrosis.

In the video below, Chelsea tells me about her daily regimen to manage cystic fibrosis and her hope for the future. I think you will find the video inspiring and eye-opening. Video filmed and produced by Charles Eide of Forever Film Studios.

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