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NEW SHOW: Pick Yourself Up

Pick Yourself Up is a NEW show here on Channel 16. The show is hosted by Dr. Assegid Habtewold, a Montgomery County resident who is originally from Ethiopia.

 

Pick Youself Up is designed to inspire, inform and equip immigrants, job seeker and those who are experiencing continual setbacks in their personal life, relationships, profession and/or business.

To find out more about Pick Yourself Up or Dr. Habtewold go to www.mmctv.org/programs/pick-yourself-up/. Come back again tomorrow to see who will be his first guest.

Pick Yourself Up will be new on Tuesday’s at 8:00pm starting tomorrow night. You can find out other air times on the schedule page at www.mmctv.org.

Gandhi and his values-driven greatness (excerpt)

Throughout history, individuals and organizations that truly succeeded were able to:

  • Discover,
  • Define,
  • Communicate and impart shared values to their people, and
  • Align everything alongside the shared values to experience a values-driven greatness.

Let’s pick one of the great ones from those I’ve already shared with you in part one, and add two more great ones who led a purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven lifestyle.

  1. Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi attained the highest form of greatness: purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness. As we already covered in Part I, his purpose was liberating India from England’s colonization. He went all-in and gave his life toward the fulfillment of his unique purpose. He saw a free India and helped his fellow Indians to see the picture clearly. Because of his visioning ability, he could rally millions of Indians to stand with his cause until India was liberated.

Gandhi also discovered certain values that defined him and his movement. He communicated these values and demonstrated unwavering commitment to live up to the expectations of these values on a consistent basis. His top three values were:

  • Truth,
  • Love, and
  • Loyalty.

In his autobiography entitled ‘The story of my experiments with truth’, Gandhi shared his experiments in search of the truth. In the book, he talked about attending many meetings organized by various faiths outside of the mainstream Hindu religion in pursuit of the truth.

His undying commitment to know the truth shaped his personality and the method he used to free India. It made him a man of love, dependable, forgiving, and a servant. He wrote, “To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself.”[i]

He also wrote about one of his values, loyalty. “Hardly ever have I known anybody to cherish such loyalty as I did to the British Constitution. I can see now that my love of truth was at the root of this loyalty.”[ii] His loyalty to the Empire had been before he began the liberation movement. Until then, he “Believed that the British Empire existed for the welfare of the world. A genuine sense of loyalty prevented me from even wishing ill to the Empire.”[iii]

Gandhi led a values-driven lifestyle. This lifestyle earned him the respect of both his countrymen and the British. Because he showed undying commitment to his values, not only did he lead his country’s freedom, he inspired liberation movements around the world.

He fulfilled his purpose, realized his vision of a free India, and attained a purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness. As a result, he impacted those well beyond his own country and generation. He left an indelible legacy and remains a household name around the world.

[i] Gandhi (1927). p. 463.

[ii] Gandhi (1927). p. 158.

[iii] Gandhi (1927). p. 287 – 288.

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This excerpt is taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book pages 133 – 134.

If you haven’t yet, check out the following excerpts:

3. My conversation with Ken about purpose-oriented lifestyle
5. Is your organization purpose-oriented
6. Moses attained purpose-oriented greatness
7. Thomas Edison attained purpose-oriented greatness
8. The need to see the completion of your purpose
9. Vision has no boundary
10. Four truths about values.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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Four truths about values (Excerpt)

…When you discovered your purpose, you knew your cause. When you envisioned, you saw the fulfillment of the cause from the beginning, and you are clear about the direction you would take. At this point, you aren’t yet done.

You need values to propel your purpose forward, inspire you to remain committed to the advancement of your mission, and to safeguard your vision until it comes to fruition. Here are the four outstanding truths about values that may encourage you to seek a values-driven lifestyle:

  • Humanity shares certain universal values that have kept us together
  • With well-defined values greatness is inevitable
  • Disrespecting values leads to destruction
  • Showing unwavering commitment toward one’s values enables us to outlast setbacks
  1. Humanity shares certain universal values

Humanity, around the world, embraces and respects certain universal values. Animals are led by their instincts without any value. Their preoccupation is survival.

On the other hand, humanity is conscience based on certain universally recognized values. We have witnessed, again and again, many putting themselves in harm’s way to protect and save others including the people they don’t know and never met. In every society, we have countless individuals who are willing to pay the ultimate price for a greater good.

So far in our history, certain universal values could bring humanity together. Regardless of political, religious, cultural, and ideological differences, some regional and international organizations have been formed to protect certain universally agreed values. In this chaotic and diverse world, the human race wouldn’t have survived and co-existed without universally shared values. Rushowrth Kidder, in his book, ‘Shared Values for a Troubled World’ published his conversations with great men and women of conscience around the world. These extraordinary leaders suggested eight universal values mandatory for a sustainable 21st C: Love, truthfulness, fairness, freedom, unity, tolerance, responsibility, and respect for life.

However, universal values require constant renewal of commitment from all of us. In 2003, the then Secretary-General of UN, Kofi Annan gave a lecture entitled ‘Do We Still Have Universal Values?’ at Tubingen University in Germany. He stressed the need to recommit ourselves to universal values that are engraved in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights such as peace, freedom, social progress, equal rights and human dignity.” He pointed out that these universal values “are no less valid today than when, over half a century ago, those documents were drafted by representatives of many different nations and cultures.”

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This excerpt is taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book pages 133 – 134.

If you haven’t yet, check out the following excerpts:

3. My conversation with Ken about purpose-oriented lifestyle
5. Is your organization purpose-oriented
6. Moses attained purpose-oriented greatness
7. Thomas Edison attained purpose-oriented greatness
8. The need to see the completion of your purpose
9. Vision has no boundary

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

In order to get updates, future excerpts, and related events, follow us on social media by going to the top right corner of this page. You may also subscribe to our YouTube channel to get alerts when we upload video clips. You may also subscribe to our newsletter for free:

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