“Long term interests are never advanced by shortchanging your central values.”
– Pete Buttigieg
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I heard Pete Buttigieg express this thought several times during his campaign for the Presidency in 2020. It stuck in my mind, as this “bedrock” principle often comes up in my client consultations and mentoring sessions. “Bedrock” is a special word: If you build something into bedrock, which is “rock solid,” what you build has a much greater chance of withstanding storms, even earthquakes and other disasters, too.
Well, your “central values” are your “bedrock,” and understanding what they are, and respecting their lasting importance to your long term interests, are crucial to your success and having a good life. Sure, things that happen at work, and elsewhere, will occasionally tempt you to “shortchange” your central values, but any time you wander away from them, even just a little bit, you risk harm to your long term interests, whether it’s your health, your important relations, your self-respect, or your finances. If you faithfully follow your “central values,” also called “core values,” you will surely travel a safer and straighter path to all of the really good things that you seek and deserve at work and elsewhere. Keep this thought in mind: Stay close to your “bedrock” values.
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