by: Jerry Whitaker
I have had the pleasure of working with and speaking to eighth grade students for Junior Achievement. I really enjoy their willingness to try things. I have spoken to them numerous times about “Principles for Life”.
Here are the Principles:
Discover your passion. Find out what you like to do and decide a path to do work that is what you like to do. Everyone was made to do something. Your job is to find out what it is and do it!
Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Education is great for teaching you all about showing up on time, doing what you are told to, and not making mistakes. Mistakes are only mistakes if you keep making the same error. Learn from your mistakes, and don’t be afraid to make them. If you never make a mistake, you are not doing anything. Remember, your dreams are not to be stolen by someone else; don’t let them do it.
Strive for excellence. Average is for the average. Everyone has the ability for excellence. I don’t care what your circumstances are, or your family issues, or anything else that you can blame for average. The only difference from average to excellence is commitment and effort. Both are in your control so why not be the best at something?
Be a lifelong learner. You learn a lot in High School and College. If you stop learning after that, you will not be as successful as you should be. The world is always changing and you need to keep up with changes. Every day is an opportunity to learn; take full advantage of that.
Be a person of integrity. If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember what you say. If you do what you say you’re going to do, your actions will match your words. Your personal reputation is a reflection of your words and actions. It takes a lifetime to build integrity, don’t tear it down in a day.
As I review these principles, I think all leaders can help others achieve all of the above. How about you?
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About the author:
Jerry joined Acrisure in July of 2010 as an investor with over 25 years of commercial and employee benefit insurance experience, specializing in large contractors, large property management companies, surety, Captive Insurance Programs, Alternative Risk Financing and Professional Employment Organizations. Jerry brings strategic risk management that focuses on the true costs of risk, then attacks the cost drivers within the insurance program and uses risk management to mitigate risk for his clients. His expertise is on the effects of wellness on workers’ compensation, disability and employee benefits. Jerry graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1984 with a BS in Business Marketing and Minor in Communication and Economics. He earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1995 and the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) in 2006, and is a member of the Risk Insurance Management Association (RIMS).