A Beacon of Ideal Direction

Lesson 1: Topic 10 of 19

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If we may borrow from one particular religious figure applicable to our topic, we would pick Daniel. Do you remember, the guy in the Bible famous for surviving being thrown in the lions’ den? The Bible describes him as both wise and brave, a hardworking man who was “trustworthy, and neither corrupt nor negligent” (Daniel 6:4). Such a person exemplifies the kind of idealized leader Hesselbein identified at the beginning of this course. A person’s talent and courage are not merely worthless, they are downright dangerous if he lacks honesty, credibility, incorruptibility, and similar character qualities. 

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Without a beacon of ideal direction, a person is left to be swept along by external factors, coupled with internal feelings. Emotions, opinions, and circumstances are ever-shifting, and not to be trusted. Personal ego tends to promote self-centered ambitions. How do we counter all of these factors? The answer is to have strong, true principles that are closely held to act as reference points that are able to correct motion and guide decisions. For Daniel, it was his faith in God. For you, it may be something else. 

Yes, hold tightly to your (good, noble, true) core values. They will help you navigate the most complex and demanding of life. 

What happens, though, if your core values come into conflict with one another? How do you reconcile them?