What matters most

An excerpt from Principle Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey:

Dag Hammarskjold, past secretary-general of the United Nations, once made a profound, far-reaching statement: “It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.”

In other words, I could devote eight, ten, or twelve hours a day, five , six, or seven days a week, to the thousands of people and projects “out there” and still not have a deep, meaningful relationship with my own spouse, teenage son, or close working associate. And it would take more nobility of character – more humility, courage, and strength – to rebuild that one relationship than it would to continue putting in all those hours for all those people and causes.


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