Today Mr. Maxwell starts to talk about the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He begins by saying if you had to pick one guideline in life to follow, you couldn’t do better than the following: “Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.” Following the golden rule is a wonderful character builder. It prompts you to focus on other people. It leads you to be empathetic. It also, encourages you to take the high road. If you stick to it, especially when it is difficult, you can’t help but become the kind of person others want to be around.
Maxwell, continues on in the chapter, discussing other ways to build character. He talks about teaching only on things you believe in. Early in Maxwell’s career, he used to teach on principles he really didn’t believe in. Each time he did, he felt like a hypocrite. He promised himself that he would never do teach those principles again. Borrowed beliefs have no passion, and therefore no power. You can’t influence people if you don’t believe in and live the principles that you teach.
I think of all the topics, which I enjoy to talk about the most, and they are without a doubt the ones that I feel the strongest about. Get me in front of a group of people to talk about the importance of family and friends, self-growth, purpose, physically activity, and religion, and chances are that I will get emotional. In fact, I get a little emotional just typing that into this blog. Why? Because it is who I am to the core. It is what I believe through and through. Good luck to anyone that tries to stop me from shouting it from the rooftops!
Maxwell continues his discussion by talking about humility. One of my favorite sayings is “stay humble and stay hungry.” I think it is so important to recognize each of us have weaknesses. Be willing to admit to those weaknesses, be patient with others weaknesses, and be open to correction. Be teachable. The moment you think you have arrived is the moment you will crash and burn. Be willing to ask questions and to listen to the answer; like, really listen to the answers. Be willing to serve others. Few things are better for cultivating character and developing humility than serving others. Just as important as anything, be grateful. Always have an attitude of gratitude. it is impossible not to feel humbled when you are taking the time to be thankful.
Peeps, life is freaking great! Cherish the shiz out of it!
So very thankful, Cram