Knowing history can change the future

The more I learn about historical figures, the more influence they have on me.  One of the things that I most enjoy learning about historical leaders is about their personal weaknesses that they overcome.  This may be because I have so many personal weaknesses to overcome myself and am inspired and gain hope from knowing that the heroes of history were also human, but overcame those weaknesses and became the great leaders of history.

A perfect example of this is illustrated in this powerful article by Oliver DeMille about George Washington: