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Passion, People and Principles

A Summation of What I’ve Learned

post # 389 — June 20, 2007 — a Careers, Managing post

It’s no coincidence that the title of this blog is Passion, People and Principles. I believe that possessing all three is the recipe for success.

If you have passion, an understanding of how people work but no fixed principles, then I think you are dangerous. You’ll seduce a lot of people to your side, but you’ll end up fooling them or betraying them. You’ll be an exploiter.

If you have passion and principles, but no understanding of how people work, you’ll also draw a lot of people to your side, but it will all come to naught. Without an understanding of people, you’ll never build an organization nor get clients and customers to trust you. You’ll be a firebrand.

If you have principles and an understanding of people, but no passion, you’ll be righteous but ineffective.

Life, careers and business require all three.


Discuss, with reasons. Do not write on both sides of the paper at once (grin.)


Duncan Bucknell said:

How about Persistence and Patience?

; )

posted on June 20, 2007

Travis Carnahan said:

David, I agree with you 110%! you succinctly express the three most important elements for both personal and business lives. Thanks for another great post!

posted on June 21, 2007