Building Blocks for Achievement

If we attempt to find someone or something to blame for the past, we waste valuable energy from being invested in taking responsibility for our future. I believe that taking responsibility for one’s life becomes the greatest launching pads a person can construct in their lives. The concrete of humility sets the life for great achievements and future impact and legacy building. However, seeking to establish a victim mindset at the expense of personal responsibility dims my future and saturates my today with excuses. This takes away my motivation for change, sealing me in a perpetual frozen state at a moment somewhere in my past. Whether it be a society or an individual, learn to let go and truly believe there is a brighter tomorrow.

“Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” — George Washington Carver

Don’t give past failures the power to neutralize your future successes. Don’t abort possibilities and goals by building monuments to past experiences that brought no reward. Instead, learn, persevere, and try again. Never give up what you know is possible!

We all have a certain stigma concerning the past. Things are usually said like “don’t bring up the past” in a sharp tone, or “forget the past” and so on. Though I understand the negative side of the past and the power it can wield over a future, it still can’t be ignored nor can it not be learned from. The past can be one of our greatest educational experiences in preparing us for a better future. In other words, Don’t GO through life, GROW through life! Living without learning is a painful existence.

Living AND learning is not a pain free life, but it makes the encounter worthwhile. Instead of being damaged by the adversity I grow stronger, wiser, and more efficient. Look at the hand dealt to you (whether good or bad) as a tool for constructing a strong fortitude and commitment to make it to the goals you have set. Too many quit chasing the goal when things became hard and they change their goals instead of changing themselves.  Instead of terminating the goals at the expense of not changing, let’s permit humility to facilitate change and make it through the headwind of adversity to the goal line of accomplishment.

Reuben Egolf

Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council

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Moral Compass – Foundation of Ethics

The GPS we use to navigate in unfamiliar territory knows the route necessary to get us to the desired destination. Though there are many highways and streets, not all lead to the place we need to arrive at. In life, we do not call it a GPS but our moral compass. It is equipped with a circuit board known as ethics. Our system of moral values provide the circuitry for a moral compass to work effectively in providing a navigation system routing us through life to destinations that are profitable.

Our moral compass is shaped by our values which hold the steering wheel of our lives. These values are shaped deep within our soul at an early age developed by parental instruction, education, and the culture around us.

Ethics shape perspective which becomes the lens which we look through becoming our filter system for right and wrong

Once these principles of conduct that govern our business and government practices are established, the freeway of commerce and human interaction within this culture becomes an uninterrupted flow guided by integrity. The byproduct is consumer confidence grows and citizens learn to trust in a government that truly protects them. 

Becoming a successful corporation and great nation is not the result of a magical explosion induced from the cosmos. Rather, it is the intentional paying attention to the details that success depends on – integrity, honesty, truth, and fairness.

A rocket needs a platform to launch from, a plane needs a runway for take-off, a vehicle needs a highway to run on, and a nation/business needs ethics to build on.

Reuben Egolf

Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council

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Vision Necessary

Vision is the petri dish for passion and motivation. Direction gives people a purpose which refines their focus to be able to concentrate on the goal. Focus itself creates boundaries alleviating leadership from the worry of scattered directionless employees. Creating a target erases vague generalities that causes a foggy atmosphere of aimless pursuits.

Where focus goes, energy flows

No progress can be often attributed to where imagination has been mistaken for vision because of no preparation to act. Having think-tanks are only true innovators when preparation to act is the second part of the equation.

Leadership can’t make the mistake of tailoring their vision based upon current resources. By doing so creates a perpetual status quo. Vision will always stay ahead of resources creating new summits to achieve. Vision is not a present reality but good leadership has the task of translating vision to reality. Its bringing it into the realm of the possible. 

When a person is passionate about what they are doing, they won’t need forced, because the vision will pull them to the destination. That’s the power of vision in a leader as well as projecting the goal for others.

Reuben Egolf

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Economic Freedom Worth the Effort

The colonizing of nations by empires we normally relegate to the history books of years gone by. The human enslavement consisted of forced labor and an existence that barely rose above that of an animal. However, the change from that era has taken on a new face but the word enslavement still applies. I’m speaking of economic slavery

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword and the other is by debt.” – John Adams, 1826.

The investment into infrastructures of developing nations through development by collaborating business and government is paramount. Independence must go beyond forced labor by a foreign power, but continue onward to self-sustaining economic engines for growth and viability.

When a government can itemize its greatest needs, then it can approach the necessary businesses that provide the solutions. The providers can tailor and strategically target its ability to the said nation’s culture, laws, and strengths. Business employing the citizens through apprenticeship programs and education will produce a foundation for future sustainability for the country in that vocational genre.

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I understand this may be slightly vague and certainly can’t tackle the entire equation in one small article but may the dialogue at least begin. We can truly see the opportunities for developing nations to rise out of the quagmire of financial dependency and sluggish growth. It will take humble and honest leadership with a genuine heart for the people. Corporations will have to look beyond mere facts and figures and begin seeing the human component in their transactions and purpose.

Let’s place rhetoric on a back-burner and place action at the forefront and walk into a future filled with hope for all people.   

Reuben Egolf

Handling the Inevitable in Leadership

When choosing a president or any person in leadership capacity, watch how they act under pressure. How a person acts in the fire is who they really are. Good leadership has a quality that is indispensable. It must be able to handle criticism without immature responses and knee-jerk emotional outbursts. Leadership carries an expectancy – the person is mature, stable, and calm in troubled waters. National leadership should never be synonymous with political punditry or ideologue. When at the helm a person must be able to gather from multiple voices and educated opinions of trusted sources and then make a quality decision based on principle and truth.

Never make decisions established on political pressures, financial accruement, or vengeance as a payback for wounded ego.

Sometimes we have to walk away from the pressures of decision making instead of caving and making rash premature decisions. Temporal satisfaction that we made a Johnny-on-the-spot executive move does not compare to the long-term failure and loss of legacy. It’s better to weather the criticism of not moving fast enough and later enjoying the quality of a decision well-made than the other way around.

When it comes to criticism here is some pointers to keep ourselves stabilized in an unstable environment. If the criticism is false, disregard it. If it is unfair, keep yourself from being irritated. But, if it is true, learn from it.

When we sneeze, all of the germs in us spread and infects everyone around us. The same is true about our reactions and character and especially when one is in a leadership position. How we respond spreads infectiously to everyone around us which sets the tone and atmosphere of the company and nation depending upon which position we are in.

Remember, as a leader, you are no longer standing idle on the shore making no waves. Every action you make, is like tossing a stone in the middle of a pond causing a ripple effect throughout the entire body of water. Whether it is positive or negative is up to the leadership.

Never act without thinking. Never continue to think without acting.

Just a little musing today concerning the search for quality leadership in the world today.

Reuben Egolf

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A Balanced Leader

A voice of balance needs to arise. One that can build a bridge over the chasm of tension, division, and discontentment in order to lead without polarizing the issues. An individual operating in the lofty heights of a statesman where convictions supersede the whimsical winds of fickle mindedness. A voice that refuses to lower its rhetoric into the cesspools of ideological quagmires of pettiness where solutions are not the goal and benefits are derived from upheaval more than from real answers.

Where is the statesman that does not perceive the democrat views as ALL wrong and the republican side as ALL right and vice versa? There is a person needed who is baptized in moral uprightness and not in party affiliation.

One who can weigh arguments of both sides without predetermining the answer based on the party name, but instead on the substance of the issue.

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Leadership of this capacity is needed like never before. A person of balance who is the opposite of a swinging pendulum that oscillates between personal interests and the loudest opinion of the day.

A steady hand on the wheel of a nation, a voice of reason, and a calm persistence that roots itself in the belief that whatever benefits the citizens, is worth fighting for. The leader whose words are congruent to their actions, and the inward pillars of principle remain intact regardless of the turbulent politics assailing them.

My hope is that honesty, integrity, and vision be found in you as a leader. The world is looking for you.

Reuben Egolf

 

Say What You Mean… Mean What You Say

I can say I’m sorry a hundred times… I love you over and over… but if I do not demonstrate what I am saying, my words mean nothing. Don’t lie to satisfy the person for the MOMENT, because the pain you cause them in their future can last them a LIFETIME.

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Speaking truth consistently becomes a soil that produces trust. Once trust is constructed then success is experienced. Words that correspond to action creates a reputation which is a technical term for a good name. A name that is honored is not the result of a magical appearance or a voila moment but the diligence invested by good character.

It’s rewards is a favor that precedes one’s arrival swinging the door of opportunity open wide for access. Consistency is key and worth every sacrifice and effort. It can take a year to build such a powerful influence but seconds to destroy it. Always weigh the immediate gratification to the long-term repercussions of such actions. You will be glad you did.

Reuben Egolf

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Education and Morals

Are there any answers to the violence that is becoming prevalent today regardless if it is being perpetrated on people by a rogue government or violent protests? What about mass killings by lone operatives or genocide carried out by a regime? What leads to such unthinkable tragedies? 

Are their cultural environments conducive to bad behavior?

Of course there is. Racial, religious, and ethnic intolerance is found in every culture and nation of the world to some degree. Things grow because there is soil to sustain it. If you change the soil then what is produced changes. Changing the soil through proper education and the instilling of morals will create a culture of valuing each other which in turn produces a bedrock for societal cohesiveness. A fish thrives in water because it is an environment that contains everything it needs to survive. Take the fish out of its environment and it dies. Will racism and all forms of bigotry be totally eradicated? No, but we can have an environment that creates little to no possibility for growth, thus isolating their perspectives and ideologies beyond the moat of reasoning. This will translate into loss of influence and opportunity for these who propagate such intolerable thinking leading to despicable behavior.

The importance of education is indisputable in its value to constructing a generation. Information becomes the hinge that swings the door of opportunity to a land of progress. However, as with all things in life, this demands balance, because when educating people and yet forgetting the instruction of morals is inadvertently creating a danger to national and international stability. Think about Nazi Germany as an example. It was the land of some of the most educated minds and technology such as Einstein and Mercedes-Benz, yet it produced a Hitler. Educators today must realize the importance of serving students information and increasing their knowledge, but also assisting them in developing their character, which is necessary in being a positive contributor to society.

Reuben Egolf

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Mini-Series on Human Rights Part Two

Mini-series on the 30 Articles of Human Rights contained in the charter of the United Nations.

Article 6.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.

Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Is there a cause for human rights?

In a nation like America the subject of human rights seem to be distant from their everyday experience. They don’t feel like it is something that directly impacts the quality of their lives. We as citizens in the United States do not fear our government to imprison, persecute, and terminate our lives due to our expressing an opinion, or for our religious faith. Therefore, the subject of human rights appear abstract, foreign, and separated by great distance, and not much attention is given to it. The truth of the matter is that the violation of human rights affects us all and much more directly that we think.

How does it affect everyone?

Where human rights are violated it becomes the greatest abortion mill for human potential that there is. For example, sex trafficking enslaves a woman and aborts her potential and contribution to society and we all suffer as a consequence of her unreleased potential. How many vaccines, cures, and how many other medical and scientific breakthroughs to help human suffering have been terminated by violating human rights? A man who merely expresses his opinion concerning a government or about his faith is then imprisoned, beaten, and in many cases killed.  According to Amnesty International more than 1/3 of governments, 62 out of 160, locked up prisoners of conscience – people who were simply exercising their rights and freedoms. Another staggering statistic is that there are twenty even million people currently enslaved around the world. Can you imagine what is locked up inside a community of multiplied millions? There are many nations of the world who do not have twenty seven million people as a population, so in essence this an entire nation of people who’s potential is being withheld from the world.

If I am living with a terminal disease in Canada, and the knowledge for the cure was inside of a person who was killed twenty years ago in a country where his or her religious beliefs were not tolerated, then my future has been affected by it. That violation of their human rights has now directly affected and impacted my life.

What can be done?

Exposing things by media and social outlets are impactful in this day and hour. Persistently staying on topic and keeping human rights as a headline issue is imperative. By doing so through articles for newspapers, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and a host of others, it will create a reaction in the human heart of the readers. This creates an accountability for governments who have citizens becoming proactive and holding their leaders responsible to uphold the constitutions of their respective countries and human rights charter of the United Nations.

Become a part of an organization like the Human Rights Global Congress. They have goals of becoming a voice for every human regardless of race, ethnicity, financial status, or any circumstance they are in. HRGC is not an advocacy or lobbyist group being secretly funded for an organization’s agenda but objectively carrying the human rights of the United Nations as a right for ALL global citizens without partiality or favoritism. If you are a human-being then you deserve to live and be protected.

Incorporate teaching into our schools globally on human rights. Make it a required curriculum of study and engage the students in discussion. Help them understand the perils of the past, open their eyes to the present situation, and motivate them to become active for a different future. Make sure the curriculum is devoid of activist agendas, religious slants, and personal bias, but permit it to be conveyed objectively letting it stand on the human rights charter alone. By doing so, it dissolves the confusion between civil rights and human rights. Understanding the difference promotes comprehension of the value of human life.

A daunting task? Yes, but every goal being reached begins by taking the first step. We can’t afford another twenty years of aborted potential – let’s help it be released so all can experience the benefit!!!

Reuben Egolf

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Mini-Series on Human Rights Part One

Mini-series on the 30 Articles of Human Rights contained in the charter of the United Nations.

Article 1. 

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Have you ever tried to eat un-popped popcorn? Why does it pop? The kernels actually have moisture inside them. When the temperature rises, steam is created and eventually the shell can no longer imprison what’s inside anymore. Now it is able to contribute to your appetite and body.  When the atmosphere is right, then its potential is released. When you watch popcorn pop, you realize all of that was being held hostage inside. When honor becomes the national atmosphere, then freedom of expression can flourish and innovation emerges to improve society.

Freedom rides on the back of a culture that values all human life as equal regardless of color, race, religion, and ethnicity. A culture is the product of an environment where things grow or die. When citizens cease living under the threat of persecution for their skin color, religion, or social status, then the prison of fear is broken and exploration into a better future begins.

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Fish seem to be the dumbest creatures – they can’t walk, talk, use their hands, or fly…. But when I put it in water it swims better than any other creature on earth. Their genius emerges. When you put someone in the right environment there is no end to the possibilities. Innovation and development do not emerge where there is no equal value of human life.

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There is no room for tiered systems of human value in a civilized world. If a person is of a certain color they become expendable, or if they are of a different religious faith they deserve persecution. Leadership and governments of the world that promote such an ideology is divorcing their constitutions from the reality lived within their borders. 193 nations of the world have adopted the United Nations Charter on Human Rights. If truly adhered to… cultures and environments of the world will begin to see human potential unleashed to heights beyond the surly bounds of the status quo.

Reuben Egolf