Ten Rules for Principle Based Living

The hot dog vendor had committed himself to a principled life

The hot dog vendor had committed himself to a principled life

A hot dog vendor was doing well in the city of New York.  Sales were up, the business was expanding and he was making a comfortable living.  One day as he was selling his hot dogs and a man approached him and said “Sir, how can you be expanding your business, don’t you know we are in the middle of a depression?”  The hot dog vendor responded “I didn’t know we were in the middle of a depression, no one told me.”

This hot dog vendor had no idea that people were losing their jobs and suffering financially.  He had committed himself to the principle of hard work and a positive attitude and not even a depression could slow him down.  He lived by a set of principles that guided his life and you can do the same.

Let me take a moment to give you what I call “Ten Rules for Principle Based Living.”  If you follow these rules they will outline your life for success.

1)  Work hard
Don’t be lazy!  Work hard at everything you do. Whatever your job is or whatever assignment you are given, do the job well and give it 100% of your effort.

2)  Study hard
Knowledge allows you to know more, become more and accomplish more.  Be someone who is committed to personal development.  Study hard to gain all the knowledge you can.

3)  Have initiative
Don’t wait for others to assign a task to you…find the need and fill it.  Take the initiative in your marriage, career or organization.

4)  Strive for excellence
You’ve heard the saying “If you’re going to do a job, do it right.” Don’t do things mediocre. Gain the reputation that when you do something you do it with excellence.

5)  Have a Conquest spirit
Be someone who never gives up, who fights hard to accomplish the task at hand.  Be someone who doesn’t allow difficulty to get in the way.

6)  Be likable
Work hard at becoming a person that people want to be around.  Being likable is an asset for anyone seeking success.

7)  Invest in others
You should always be investing in someone.  Finding people that you influence and bringing out the best in them.  If you invest in other people’s success you will never lack success for yourself.

8)  Love your work
You have to love what you do and if you don’t then maybe you need to find something else to do.

9)  Cultivate right relationships
Keep things right between you and other people.  Forgive quickly, communicate clearly, and always love through your words and actions.  Life is made of relationships…so make them good.

10)  Maintain the right attitude
A person is shaped by their thoughts.  Maintain the right attitude and it will shape you for success, maintain the wrong attitude and it will shape you for failure!

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“Knowledge without enthusiasm is boring, but enthusiasm without
knowledge is chaos.”

– Author Unknown


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on October 6, 2009, in Habits, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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