How I Approach the Toughest Decisions

Our choices reflect and determine who we are.

Barack Obama
8 min readDec 9, 2020


Photos by Pete Souza

One of the first things I discovered as President of the United States was that no decision that landed on my desk had an easy, tidy answer. The black-and-white questions never made it to me — somebody else on my staff would have already answered them. And while few decisions in life are as complex as the ones you face in…



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Barack Obama

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