Personal Courage. 

To anyone who has seen the movie The Social Network (I highly recommend it), these moralistic values might seem outdated ideals of an old-fashioned past – not realistic or grounded in today’s ever-changing, highly networked, open, get-it-done-now world of action, movement and 24/7 connection.

I was reminded of these words and their power on 11/11 – Thursday of last week – the day the Unites States honors its Armed Services veterans, also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

You see, there still are young people and old who live by those words and others like Loyalty and Selfless Service.

Truth is, while we don’t walk around like Boy or Girl Scouts reciting our oath before every meeting, and while we are not like Army recruits who have these words drilled into their heads until they can recite them in their sleep – they are no less important in our business or personal lives. And mea culpa is that we don’t train with them enough ourselves.

And, there is one more word that rounds out the 7 – that word is Duty – listen:

Life is not so important as the duties of life. John Randolph

To me – Duty is the summary thought. Let’s apply it to our work lives.

Think about this:

Business is not so important as the duties of business – as articulated in the Army Code – Fulfill your obligations. Accept responsibility for your own actions and those entrusted to your care. Find opportunities to improve oneself for the good of the group

And, my readers know my view – what we do at home, we do at work and visa-versa.

Seems to me, as simplistic as it might sound, the world and our lives would be a better place….

What do you think?

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