By Jeff Clark
Some years ago I identified some guiding principles present in my life that had been very useful up to that point and served to be extremely useful from that point forward. I call them the “Rules I Live By.” They are:
While there are many, two principles have served me well in my career. As I began my career, I worked hard to ensure I understood what was required of me and how these “puzzle pieces” fit together not just for my part but what the entire “big picture” was to look like. This yielded great autonomy for me because my work became objective and strategically oriented as I built technical expertise in my area and continued to understand how it fit into the “big picture”. As I built and ran my own companies and began to interface with clients and investment managers, a second principle became very, very important to me. Dr. Covey states it as “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood” and in my simple rules I denote it as the two ears, one mouth rule. I found I didn’t need to really invent any new wheels but just learn from others’ experience and wisdom.
Two things: First, make a positive difference in others’ lives whether with your family, internal or external clients, or your peers by always being part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Second, dare to walk an extremely high ethical road and then all the rest will work out. It won’t be easy at times and there may be economic consequences but, by doing so, you never have to manage anything but truth and reality and will live with internal peace and tranquility