MANILA - In one of his most famous lines, Shakespeare wrote, "some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em".
Many of today's most powerful persons belong to one of these three categories. Some were born with exceptional capabilities and magnetic charisma, carrying in their bosom a burning vision for their communities.
They have an unmatched talent for inspiring countless souls, steering whole nations toward the terminus of history.
One could think of Cyrus the Great of Persia and Alexander the Great of Macedonia, who built the biggest and most cosmopolitan empires of their times, as belonging to this category of men.
Others achieve greatness through sheer hard work, untrammelled ambition and unimaginable sacrifice and self-mastery.
One could think of Nelson Mandela and Gandhi as belonging to this category.