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It’s been a long, long time since my days as a Boy Scout, but the Scout Law still works for me.
I believe its guiding principles and values can apply to all relationships in our personal, and business lives. To sell anything…yourself, your ideas, products or programs…you’ve got to know, like, and trust the vendor.
My little sermonet would not be complete without repeating the Scout’s Law. So, here ‘tis: A Scout is:
Trustworthy. Tells the truth; is honest; keeps his promises. And people can depend on him.
Loyal. True to family, friends, leaders, school, and nation.
Helpful. Cares about other people; willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.
Friendly. Is a friend to all; a brother to others; offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
Courteous. Is polite to everyone regardless of age or position; knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
Kind. Knows there is strength in being gentle; treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.
Obedient. Follows the rules; obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.
Cheerful. Looks for the bright side of life; cheerfully does tasks that come his way; and tries to make others happy.
Thrifty. Works to pay his own way and to help others; saves for the future; protects and conserves natural resources; and carefully uses time and property.
Brave. Can face danger although he is afraid; has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
Clean. Keeps his body and mind fit and clean; chooses the company of those who live by high standards; and helps keep his home and community clean.
Reverent. Reverent toward God; is faithful in his religious duties; and respects the beliefs of others.
It doesn’t take much imagination or tweaking of those laws to make the segue and apply them to our personal and business lives.
There! I said it! And I still believe it– because it works!
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