In the trying times we’re all currently navigating, we are sharing some internal words of wisdom from our founder. Known for being a seasoned mix of intellectual, philosopher, leader, and warrior, his following words are worthy of rumination for all generations and all peoples:
I must say that I’ve been blessed with some great mentors in my lifetime. Some were direct influencers, like my Grandfather – who was one of the most respected and influential figures in many American Indian communities – and a handful of people who’ve consistently remained in my life for over three decades. Others have had an indirect influence on me – strangers or the briefest of acquaintances who may have said a few words or committed actions that I gleaned something from at some point or another. Now, as I enter the next half of my life, I realize – more than ever – I shall ever be a work in progress, but I have distilled my essential core life lessons into a short list for my daughter, employees, and colleagues.
I humbly pass to you My Rules:
1. Intention –> Execution –> Result
2. Improve yourself while others are resting.
3. Be prepared for opportunity.
4. Servants make better leaders.
5. Know your limitations and eliminate them.
6. Larger than life is just the right size.
7. Remember the quiet one may be taking mental notes.
8. Although it really is best to walk away, you may have to whup a man’s ass sometime…so be able to.
9. Relationship Equity is tantamount to liquid assets.
10. Experience trumps academics.
11. Guard your reputation because you can’t change it.
12. Always carry a knife.
13. Honor is still important.
14. Trust people’s characteristics, not the people.
15. Define who you are by what you believe in – personal philosophy is paramount to social norms.
16. Don’t be daunted by Goliaths in any situation. David had 5 stones – no one knows how many you may have.
17. Be a “class-act.” It does not require being wealthy.
18. Make time to read a real book.
19. Use your knowledge and skills to defend the weak, help the needy, and heal the sick.
20. Love your country like your family; although we may always disagree, we’re all in this together and are truly blessed to live in the greatest country in the world.
21. You never really know someone until you disagree with them: fights or confrontations – verbal or physical – reveal everything about a person’s character, strength, virtues, flaws…and resources.
There you have it.