What are the top five principles you live by?
Top five principles? There’s a lot of principles that I live by and most of it you can find in the Bible. Number one of course is love the Lord, your God. If you don’t love God, where’s your moral compass? What is right and wrong for you? What for you is right? What for you is wrong? You can’t say. If you don’t love God, you know, I don’t like lying just because I don’t like lying. Lying, I think, is bad. Why? Why do you think it’s bad? It’s hard to define morality when you don’t know God and when you don’t love God.
Second, love others. You have to love people. You have to value people. Because if you don’t, no one’s going to want to work with you. No one’s going to want to work for you. How can you be successful? How can people listen to you? How can you share with them your ideas? How can you share with them your goals?
We live in a world full of people. The world is run by people. The world goes round because there are people in it. So you have to realize that early on, because you can’t be a one man team. You can’t be that in success. You can’t be that in life. That’s why we have to have social life, a healthy social life. So love God, love others.
And third, have a one man person principle. Who you are at home or who you are in private, make sure you’re the same person when facing other people in public. It can be difficult, when you go home and your wife and kids look at you and say, “wow, you’re a very different person here at home. And you’re a very, very nice person there on stage or with other people or in the office. But here you’re angry and you always correct us and there’s no love.” It’s hard to be that kind of a person. So I guess the third principle would be, the one man principle.
Fourth principle would be, be generous. I always tell people if you’re not giving ‘till it hurts, you’re not giving enough.
What will be my fifth principle? Maybe simply work hard. Work as hard as you can while you can to give it your best. So the thing about working is you don’t need to exasperate your health. You don’t need to sacrifice your health for it. When I say work hard, it doesn’t mean that, you’ll work until you get cancer or you work until you don’t get enough sleep. Sleep is important. I would not sacrifice my sleep to work extra hard.
So when I say work hard, what I mean is do your best. Give it your best shot, make sure that you’re hitting the strategic points that you must be hitting. And you delegate those that are not super important that you personally have to do it. Definitely do that because in the Bible, it also says that whatever you do, whether you eat and drink, do it all for the glory of God. I think that especially applies to when you work, because when you work, you put in the effort. That is something that you can offer as a sacrifice to God.
For me, that’s super important, so give it your best. Work hard. That is something that also not a lot of people abide by. For them, doing enough is okay. And those kinds of people, unfortunately, I would say, they are struggling. It’s very difficult for them to find success. Maybe they will never find success. Maybe they’ll just get by, but not really be successful. Because a lot of hard work goes into success. A lot of failure goes into success. If you’re not willing to fail and work hard, it’s hard to find success.