Thursday, July 26, 2007

My Personal Mission Statement

"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." This is one phrase my mentor says daily. What prompts him to say this overused cliche? Well, when others downplay the importance of having a mission statement, he reminds them how values and beliefs shape our lives-- and we must stand or believe in something. In the business communities, we've seen what happens when our leaders don't stand for what's right and just. They fall into corruption and deceit.

I want to share my personal mission statement, which has and continues to evolve. It reads like this:

I will remember that I’m most proud of my family and the love we share.

I will be a caring person to my loved ones and friends. They will not have to guess that I care, but experience it in my words and actions.

I will live my life with creativity and laughter. Life is too short to waste time on minor setbacks.

I will strive to learn something new everyday. My life is about risks and moving forward.

I will give to others by staying out of the bleachers of life. This will empower those in my personal and professional community.

I will blaze a path that drives me not what society offers me.

I will let my life reflect God’s will.

My Favorite Quote:
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." - - Theodore Roosevelt

Now that you've seen mine, what's your personal mission statement?

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