There is danger in allowing yourself to be carried about by the current in every situation, leaning to one side, then the other. Never having an opinion or taking a stand leads to a life of compromise. On the other hand, standing firm in every situation or being dogmatic about your views can lead to isolation and frustration. Going too far with either is a problem. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and international statesman, had this to say about that subject:
“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson –
Jefferson advocated going along with prevailing viewpoints in matters of style. In other words, when the true outcome doesn’t matter, why take an immovable stance? However, in matters that matter (e.g., principles), we must stand firm, like a rock. Principles lead to values which define character. So, in situations in which a compromise of principles could occur, we must stand firm. Jefferson was simply saying that we must “major on the majors.” We must not attempt to win every argument or every situation, especially when the outcome is meaningless. Save your battles for those situations that truly can impact others or the company.
Thanks for all you do! Never forget that our efforts can make a difference to others. Have a fabulous day!