Working as the Civil Service Commissioner, T.R. went after unqualified slackers and the rich buddies of politicians. Calling for many a resignation, Roosevelt began to win a favorable view with the common population who were struggling to get by. The overworked and underpaid masses liked T.R.'s reformer image and he translated that momentum into taking a role as New York Police Commissioner. There, he fought to clean up the most corrupt police force in the country that were enmeshed in bribe and protection rackets and filled with officers who slept on the job and hung out in bars while on duty. Roosevelt installed many institutions such as phones in stations, bicycle squads, horse drawn paddy wagons, a standardized pistol, yearly marksmanship and physical testing while bringing women and Jewish citizens into the force for the first time. But again, all of this was not enough. Roosevelt needed a new challenge, a swing at the big leagues on the national and global level.
His four months of service complete, Theodore Roosevelt headed back to New York where another bunch of misfits needed some shaping up, the New York Republicans. They needed a candidate for governor and T.R. was just the man for it. His call to the big leagues had arrived. But his run as governor was just a warm up to his role as Vice President and eventually President. And we all know how that went, his face is carved into a mountain so somebody thought he did a good job. So whenever you're feeling overwhelmed or unchallenged, just think of Theodore Roosevelt and go punch the bear of life straight in the nose because he was a leader, an example and most important of all, a Doer!