Is the Price Right?

“You can buy people’s time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm…you cannot buy loyalty…you cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds and souls. You must earn these.”

-Clarence Francis

I share this quote with you today to demonstrate leadership, Character, and the willingness to follow.
In leadership and Character the leader must motivate those he leads by providing purpose and direction. In the business world that motivation may come in the form of dollars, but more often than not, employees that are satisfied with their leaders will work for less. Like the quote states.. “you cannot buy” those things that shape character. Loyalty, Devotion (also known as Duty), and enthusiasm- translate that to motivation.
The leader must recognize that people, even though some might disagree, cannot and will not be bought.
Money will never buy character, in fact, those that look for character on the shelves of a store will never find it. They will never earn it, and they will never be seen as one with it.
Those that let themselves be bought also will not find true character. It is in the act of being purchased that one looses his character via the virtues of loyalty and duty.

I have said it before, and I am sure I will say it again…over and over again…
Character is something that you earn and keep. Once you give it away, you can not get it back. Once you give up your character earning it back is virtually impossible as you will have given up the core of your values. Once those values are known to be gone, those that associate with you will not be so quick to reconstitute your character status.

You cannot be purchased, and you cannot purchase that which makes you a man. Character.

You must earn it.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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