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11/03/2014 10:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What Do You Stand For?

2014-11-02-LC.jpegThomas Jefferson wrote this recommendation of Meriwether Lewis on his qualifications for what was to become the Lewis & Clark expedition:

"Of courage undaunted, possessing a firmness and perseverance of purpose which nothing but impossibilities could divert from it's direction, careful as a father of those committed to his charge, yet steady in the maintenance of order and discipline. honest, disinterested, liberal, of sound understanding and a fidelity to truth so scrupulous that whatever he should report would be as certain as if seen by ourselves, with all these qualifications as if selected and implanted by nature in one body, for this express purpose, I could have no hesitation in confiding the enterprise to him."

Careful as a father of those committed to his charge
Firmness and perseverance of purpose
Steady in the maintenance of order and discipline
Of sound understanding and a fidelity to truth

How do you want to measure your life, your impact on others? How do you balance aspirations with purpose? How do you inspire purpose in those you lead, those you love?