Principle 3: Its not what you have that counts
There is a common misconception that people are motivated by money, and we go to work to earn money. Whilst correct to a degree it is nevertheless a superficial view missing the main point. Looking deeper it would be correct to say that on one level we are earning security, and, if that is covered, more choice, freedom and responsibility. Through these we are earning our true ultimate goal - respect.
Contributing to others, to society and our community gives a far bigger reward than any material goods ever can, and it does not suffer from Hedonic Adaptation, indeed, the benefit of generating goodwill can last indefinitely.
Real genuine happiness and contentment have their foundations in giving, and it does not have to be money.
We can give of our time, our skills, our wisdom, our love, our respect, even just our attention. These are far more important than money ever could be and we all have them to one degree or another. These are the foundations of true success, and happiness.
The job of a leader is to provide opportunity through the provision of a real sense of purpose and an environment that is fully conducive to gaining wisdom and respect. By recognizing that it is not what we have that counts, but what we give.