While helping my niece with essays for high school last week, I came across a quote from FDR. He graduated from one of the schools she hopes to attend.
Long after his graduation and before entering the White House he spoke at the graduation ceremony of his alma mater.
He implored students to value persistent and bold experimentation. And regardless of your view of his politics, he certainly did just that throughout his life.
After reading that quote I thought a great deal about my own personal core values. You see my values are my compass; they help to guide and direct me when I am faced with decisions on a daily basis. They keep me true to me!
Most people who know theirs (and frankly, while all of us have them, few of us know them) list words like “connection” or “love.” However, we often fail to truly comprehend how a set of words relate to ourselves. I am dissatisfied with this approach. I require sentences . . .
So last week on the Velocity “Who We Are” webpage I changed my core values to reflect how I want to show up each and every day: living a life of consistent (not persistent, a bit too assertive for this assertive guy) and bold experimentation.
In the pursuit of what, you may ask? It matters not. It is in the process and the journey that I find satisfaction and growth. And as an organic social scientist, I derive a great amount of pleasure from experimenting in my own life.
How do you want to show up each day? Is there a personal core value that you have yet to live? In what ways can you express that value today?
In another commencement speech at Oglethorpe University, FDR shares a point of view true then and true now:
“The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”