1.Why is it predictable that when you throw your phone up it would come down? How come you get the same result everywhere on our planet? This scenario confirms the reality of a principle: gravity. Can success be predictable? #success
2. Some cultures value principles more than others. You know you’re part of a culture that does not value principles by the level of impunity (living above the law/policies). Acting above the law is proof of power. It is celebrated and rewarded.
3. Fairness will be rare in such a culture. Power, wealth and opportunities will concentrate in the hands of a few. Crisis will be more predictable than progress. You should be concerned if you’re part of such a culture.
4. When you break a principle or work against it, the power within the principle works against you. The result is sudden sometimes, and at other times it is long term.
5. Principles don’t discriminate, so those that value them promote fairness and justice. A culture of impunity hurts the majority. Principles have power, so they make success possible. Principles never change, so they make success predictable.
6. Principles help us to understand the cause and effect dynamics in situations. Then we’re able to create/innovate what we imagine. This fuels the desire for learning. If you don’t understand the laws of motion, you won’t create bicycles, talk more of cars.
7. It’s difficult to break principles and succeed long term. Principles eventually break you. Create a new culture. Submit to and leverage principles, laws and policies to succeed personally, as a family, organization, or nation. This requires humility, courage and patience.

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