Paradigms of Principle-Centered Leaders

Ben Hoseus
Apr 18, 2017 · 6 min read

Rabbit or Duck?

Our perspective is based on our paradigm. Our paradigm is based on our belief.

  • “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” — Mahatma Gandhi

As beliefs are based on our paradigms, our destiny is the consequence of our paradigms.

  • “Hitler was value-driven. One of his governing values was to unify Germany. But he violated compass principles and suffered the natural consequences.” — Stephen Covey

One’s “cause” is based on paradigm. Everyone’s “effect” is based on principles.

Paradigms based on values are defined individually.

Consequences based on principles are defined universally.

Through the existence of individual will, we control our paradigms. Yet, through the presence of principles, the effects of the future are the causes of the past.

There is no greater example of a paradigm than the law of the harvest.

“You reap what you sow”

Through necessity, our ability to survive & thrive is based on our ability to generate a harvest. The ability to generate a harvest is based on the ability to solve problems.

With a problem, we have the ability to choose between 3 paradigms — to live with it, avoid it, or solve it.

  • With the paradigm of opportunity, we possess the ability to live with or avoid problems.

If we do not solve a problem, we prolong it through the principle of entropy.

  • With the paradigm of improvement, we enhance our ability to solve problems by continuously creating new ones.

Principles create problems regardless of the paradigm.

The Road Less Travelled tells us,

  • “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult — once we truly understand and accept it — then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
  • With total discipline we can solve all problems. — M. Scott Peck

Discipline is based on the process that seeds of the harvest must be planted, watered, and nurtured with regular discipline. Natural law tells us that there are no shortcuts in the process of generating a harvest. Through the principle of natural law, the size of the harvest depends on the spread of the seed. Through the principles of continuous improvement, the harvest is maintained with a system of preparation, planning, and execution with constant evaluation. The end justifies the means.

Therefore, the challenge is to align ourselves to the correct paradigms of “the end”. What problems do we need to solve? “How” we solve problems is based on every man’s principles. “Why” we solve problems is based on any man’s paradigm.

We will never “end” the problem of a “what” if we do not align the paradigms of the “why” to the principles of the “how”.

The problem of aligning every man’s paradigms with every man’s principles requires disciplined planting. Principle-driven leaders realize that their destiny is the discipline of their planting. The discipline in their planting is the result of their paradigm. Their paradigm is that, based on principles, one man’s cause can impact every man’s effect.

These individuals sacrificed their lives to spreading the seeds of a principle-centered paradigm.

  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela
  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
  • “You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself. People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” — Andrew Carnegie
  • “When people are economic, social, and psychological beings with strong needs and desires to grow and develop and have their talents used in creative ways, we (as leaders) create an environment in which people can contribute their full range of talents to the accomplishment of collective goals.” — Stephen Covey
  • “Bulldozers move mountains. Ideas show the bulldozers where to work.” — Peter F. Drucker
  • Start with the end in mind.” — Stephen Covey
  • “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey
  • “I create my life.” — T. Harv Eker
  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandi
  • “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” — Viktor Frankl
  • “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin
  • “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill
  • “Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.” — Andrew Carnegie
  • “You may delay, but time will not.” — Benjamin Franklin
  • “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” — George Washington
  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. — John C. Maxwell
  • “Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” — Stephen Covey
  • “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” — Andrew Carnegie
  • “Even though a “willing worker” wants to do a good job, their success is directly tied to and limited by the nature of the system they are working within. Real and sustainable improvement on the part of the willing worker is achieved only when management is able to improve the system.” — W. Edwards Deming
  • “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” -Stephen Covey
  • “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson
  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
  • “While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” — Stephen Covey
  • “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” — Stephen Covey
  • “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” — John C. Maxwell
  • “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin
  • “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “People never care how much you know until they know how much you care.” — John C. Maxwell
  • “Live in total dedication to the truth. To lie is to avoid the pain of challenge and its consequences. By attempting to circumvent an obstacle you are looking for easier and quicker path to a goal.” — M. Scott Peck
  • “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” -Stephen Covey
  • “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill
  • “Truthful living allows people’s maps to be continually challenged. People often opt for a life of easiness — but not truth.” — M. Scott Peck
  • “Fear, greed, and the desire for power are the psychological motivating forces not only behind warfare…but also the cause of incessant conflict in personal relationships.” — Eckhart Tolle
  • “Decisions must be based on the person or people whom they affect.” — M. Scott Peck
  • “With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.” — Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ben Hoseus

Written by Let’s pursue the paradigm of global prosperity.

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