The AP announced yesterday that, for the first time, Barack Obama has overtaken Hillary Clinton in super-delegate endorsements, erasing Clinton's once-imposing lead in this area. With Obama leading in the popular vote, pledged delegates, and now super-delegates too, he has virtually secured the Democratic Party presidential nomination. According to all political pundits, the question is not if, but when, Clinton will bow out of the race.

An astounding political upset. Not long ago, Mrs. Clinton was considered a shoo-in for the '08 Democratic nomination. She boasted significant leads in national polls, as well in campaign fundraising. The primaries were going to be a mere formality that would rubber-stamp her presumptive candidacy. The chances of a novice politician upending her run was almost inconceivable.

But it has happened... A political newcomer has managed to upset the establishment. Despite formidable obstacles, Obama has earned the nomination hanging his presidential hopes on one mantra: the promise of change. The people have spoken. They are more comfortable with a person who promises change than a person who rests on the laurels of his or her experience.

There has got to be a lesson we can learn from the "Obama Phenomenon"... And not just a lesson for future political candidates, but one that we can implement in our personal lives.*

Is experience required in order to make sweeping change? Apparently the consensus is that it is not. Changing habits and routines is perhaps the most difficult thing to do; this is true regarding Washington culture or personal tendencies. And there's only one thing more powerful than the force of inertia, and that is determination and willpower.

If there's a true desire to change, then no obstacle is insurmountable. If experience is lacking, then willpower will motivate the person to find the necessary information, tools, and the proper advisors. In the words of our sages, "Nothing stands in the way of willpower."

So... Graduating rabbinical school is not a necessary prerequisite to becoming a spiritual person. You don't need experience in mediation and diplomacy to become a good spouse, parent or friend.

What an inspiring message. Makes no difference where you've been and what you've done. You inherently possess the ability to make of yourself whatever you so choose! A desire to change is all you need. It's a winning formula...

There are some other lessons I've learned from the OP. I will be posting them, G‑d willing, in coming days. Meanwhile, I'd love to hear from you; what kind of lessons have you taken from this news? Use the comment section to let your voice be heard. But... let's stay above personal politics and attacks. Let's see if we can remain focused on the positive.

Disclaimer: I'm not professing to know whether if elected Obama will really bring change. By the same token, I'm not vouching for Clinton's experience. I'm just analyzing their proclaimed virtues, the choice they presented to the voters, and the decision the voters made.