Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson carries his Seven Principles of Good Government in his wallet.
- Become reality driven. Don’t kid yourself or others. Find out what’s what and base your decisions and actions on that.
- Always be honest and tell the truth. It’s extremely difficult to do any damage to anybody when you are willing to tell the truth–regardless of the consequences.
- Always do what’s right and fair. Remember, the more you actually accomplish, the louder your critics become. You’ve got to learn to ignore your critics. You’ve got to continue to do what you think is right. You’ve got to maintain your integrity.
- Determine your goal, develop a plan to reach that goal, and then act. Don’t procrastinate.
- Make sure everybody who ought to know what you’re doing knows what you’re doing. Communicate.
- Don’t hesitate to deliver bad news. There is always time to salvage things. There is always time to fix things. Henry Kissinger said that anything that can be revealed eventually should be revealed immediately.
- Last, be willing to do whatever it takes to get your job done. If you’ve got a job that you don’t love enough to do what it takes to get your job done, then quit and get one that you do love, and then make a difference.
What struck me about these principles is that they are not just for good government, they are seven principles for a good, decent and prosperous life. They are seven principles for all entrepreneurs who wish to be successful.
I guess that is not surprising since Governor Johnson was a successful, self-made entrepreneur before he became a Governor (on his first attempt at politics, I might add). I also am fortunate to personally know Governor Johnson and can say that he’s also a decent human being.
These principles are things that I’ve always tried to do, as a way of living in integrity and living in the present. Honesty in all you do is extremely important. I intentionally choose clients, employees and business associates who are equally forthright in their dealings with me. I have found that my life is much happier and I am more prosperous when I am surrounded by people who value action, integrity and personal responsibility.
I do not have much to add to these 7 principles, as they are transparently wise. So I submit them for your consumption. If you would like to know more about Governor Johnson, who is running for President in 2016, I recommend his book: Seven Principles of Good Government: Gary Johnson on Politics, People and Freedom
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