Richard Lugar served as United States Senator from Indiana from 1977-2013. He passed away on April 28 at the age of 87. Lugar is known for his international diplomacy, working to greatly reduce the world’s supply of nuclear weapons and helping to pressure the end of apartheid in South Africa.
After his Senate career ended, Lugar created The Lugar Center. The not-for-profit located in Washington, D.C. focuses on international issues and bi-partisan governance.
I had the honor to photograph Richard Lugar in 2011 and 2012 as he ran for his 7th term in the Senate. To me, he seemed the same person in public as in private. He was very warm, friendly, and interested in making real connections with people. I’m glad I met and photographed him, if only for a few days.
Did you know or ever meet Senator Lugar? I’d like to hear what impressions he left on you. If you’re interested in politics, check out my post on Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb a number of times over the past few years. I respect his enthusiasm for government and his tireless dedication to improving our state, which is why I immediately thought of him for this project. I’ve photographed him in a number of settings and he’s always genuinely friendly and jovial. I also appreciate that he actively seeks opinions from both sides of the aisle to get work done that’s in the best interest of our community.
I met up with Eric in Batesville on Thursday as he toured RomWeber Flats, a new type of senior living community, and met with executives at Hillenbrand, Inc., one of Indiana’s largest employers.
The following set of six questions will be answered by each of the subjects.
1) Some people call it a “true calling” or their “life’s work.” In the book The Alchemist, author Paulo Coelho calls it your Personal Legend. What do you consider to be your true calling, or Personal Legend?
In the simplest sense, working with others to solve problems.
2) When did you first realize that this was your calling?
Probably around the time I started playing basketball in elementary school. I enjoyed the teamwork aspect, how everyone has a role, and each position is as important as the next. That approach led to involvement in high school student government, served me well in the U.S. Navy, and has since proven incredibly valuable throughout my entire career in public service.
3) People often become completely engrossed, losing track of time or outside concerns while performing tasks related to their calling. This might be referred to as being “in the zone” or “flow.” When do you experience this most often?
Daily. I try to schedule my days such that I’m running from one thing to the next. It not only allows me to do more, it’s keeps my actions genuine, not staged.
4) What is the greatest challenge or obstacle you’ve faced in pursuit of your life’s work?
Not enough hours in the day and being unable to be two places at the same time.
5) What has pursuing your Personal Legend taught you?
Don’t waste a day. Unplugging can be healthy and even necessary to recharge the batteries, but don’t unplug from contributing to something greater than yourself.
6) What piece of advice can you offer to others seeking their true calling?
Whatever you are doing, don’t do it just for the money, or you will just be short changing yourself.
Are you following your Personal Legend? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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