Are you successful? A question that runs through many of our minds when speaking to others. Why is that? Don’t we all know that success is relative. A great piece of advice I got early in my career is define your own success criteria.
Three years ago I read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey and was invigorated with how much it resonated with my outlook on life. I’m not sure where and how I developed my values/principles, but they have been essential in how I build relationships both in my personal and professional life. Maybe it was the influence of pop culture songs like Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and “Black or White.” Maybe it was show’s like Save by the Bell and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that showcased just enough multiculturalism to instil in me an affinity for diversity and inclusivity. (Yes, I’m a 80s kid 😎)
Regardless of where I’ve picked them up, over the years and to this day, I strive to be a better person everyday by living a principle-centered life. It has forged my definition of success. Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are universally agreed upon. These principles are fairness, human dignity, service, quality, excellence, potential, nurturance, and encouragement. Living everyday focused on these principles has forged my definition of success.
I consistently remind myself to make the proactive decision to take responsibility of my own attitudes and behaviours. To live with fairness in an unfair world. To nurture and encourage others even if we were never given that same care. To always strive for excellence and quality regardless of what it is that we do. To always give with abundance despite how much or how little we may have. Most importantly, to strive for human dignity for everyone regardless of creed, race, sex and/or sexual orientation.