Values should guide your life. Write them down, early and often. Review them regularly and recognize that values evolve as your life & priorities change. When you run up against difficult decisions, and you will face many, use them to chart your course. Share your values with the people you love, as they will help hold you accountable. My values are as follows: Family, Achievement, Integrity, Health & Tranquilty.
Love will confuse you, force you into mistakes, yet make you whole. Understand that love is muscle, one that needs exercise and maturity to reach it’s fullest potential. I Love your mother and I love each of you, but my love does not end today, I must continue to practice, or the muscle develops atrophy.
Understand that we are Americans first, Republican & Democrat second. Vote when you are able, and notice that your political opinions are worthless if you don’t. Recognize that politics is a game, a negotiation, and that the answer tends to find itself in the middle. Be careful when sharing your politics, as this subject will stoke emotions in others unlike any you’ve seen.
Be a leader. Understand that leadership comes in many functions & forms, and has little to do with your ability to speak or yell. Your leadership will be judged by the number of listeners, whether you speak often or seldom. Leadership almost always comes from the front, so understand that your actions will often be your loudest words & listening will be your greatest leadership gift.
Be passionate. Take care of what you do. Understand that your task, your work, your success will be enhanced when you are passionate about the project. Have passion for others. Success without sharing is failure. Too much is given, much is expected, and I and your mother will give you plenty.