Margaret Thatcher served Great Britain as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. The first woman to have held the PM position, she was not only a great lady but a great leader—tough, smart, and uncompromising, qualities which garnered her the appellation of “The Iron Lady.”
Today’s world could definitely benefit from more of Thatcher’s leadership, strength and courage. The Karate Institute of America applauds her, especially in her belief of self-responsibility and personal ownership—qualities any KIA student understands.
For example, one of her most powerful and poignant quotes is:
If you want to cut your own throat, don’t come to me for a bandage.
Many people today, especially young people, would do well to emulate this message. Too many individuals are sacrificing their individual sovereignty by abdicating their power to others, rather than embracing their own power and taking charge of their own lives, sans interference, even help, from a dependence-oriented mass mindset and governmental overreach.
People are made strong by being made to do things for themselves, to stand up and be counted, to be strong, courageous, self-reliant, resourceful, committed, determined, dedicated, resolute. Every KIA Black Belt understands this. Obviously, so does Margaret Thatcher, the great Iron Lady of Great Britain.