On Principle And Purpose

Our principles should take precedence over our desires. What we want should never be more important to us than what is right. The problem is that, without a clearly defined, tested, and proven set of first principles in our lives, it is very difficult to know the difference between what we desire and what is…

The Path Not Yet Considered

Leadership, by definition, is an unpopular opinion. It is impossible to take the lead by conforming to public opinion, by acquiescing to a perceived consensus, or by trying to be popular instead of right. Leadership requires that we break away from what has already been done, what is being done, or what is obvious to…

The Balance Of Give And Take

Some people are natural givers and others are natural takers, but both extremes can be equally destructive if not properly balanced with their opposite. When we describe someone as a taker, a person who is uncompromisingly selfish and who demands more of a relationship than he or she is willing to give back to it,…

Compassion For The Selfish

Before we judge a person for their selfish beliefs and behavior, we should consider the bigger picture of their support system or lack thereof. Some people are only out for themselves, looking at every situation and interaction from the perspective of personal benefit or personal loss, and never from what is best or even good…

The Convergence Of Growth And Service

We must be careful not to grow beyond our ability to connect with those we aim to serve. Paraphrasing the great Bob Dylan, whether in our personal, occupational, or spiritual lives, we all have to serve somebody. We also need to work on ourselves and work towards our goals because, referencing Dylan again, if we…