“Your principles mean more to you than any money or success.”
By definition, according to Merriam Webster, a principle is “a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption.”
We all have principles, but I doubt that most of us give them the attention of our conscious thought. In fact, I don’t recall ever really sitting down to take inventory of the “comprehensive and fundamental laws, doctrines, and assumptions” that guide me in my personal and professional life. What about you?
Principles run in the background for the most part. They subconsciously keep us on track ethically and they drive our motivation. As solopreneurs and small business owners, most of us strive for some level of money and success. But obtaining either of those is far greater if you’ve got principles like these guiding your efforts:
- Work hard to achieve.
- Welcome new ideas and approaches.
- Treat others with respect.
- Accept responsibility for your mistakes.
- Aim to deliver excellence in all you do.
- Always look for ways to improve and grow.
- Be involved to make a difference in your community.
Your underlying principles might be similar; they might be different. Either way, you’ve got some whether you’ve pointedly thought about them or not. Why not take a few minutes to reflect on them and how they’re driving your efforts at work and at home?
I’d love to hear from you! Comment here to share your guiding principles. Do we have any in common?
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