Principles to live by

Chamber Connection

A colleague, good friend and inspirational leader who I worked with in a past position, wrote me a letter as I took on the role of the executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, two and a half years ago. I have always tried to live my life by many of the important principals he shared with me. In taking the leadership position within the chamber and the community I have pushed myself to try and be an example of these principals.

Within the chamber office we often remind one another of these principals and have adjusted them, as well as added a few additional to reflect our work.

As the chamber continues to grow and strengthen the programs, services, and leadership the organization provides, we will strive to achieve and demonstrate these principals in our daily work.

  1. Stay positive. Even when things are not going well, a positive attitude and an upbeat approach is the key to success.

  2. Be a class act and a class act never badmouths anyone.

  3. Always tell the truth. Your word is like gold.

  4. Your integrity cannot be bought.

  5. Be a good person and you will go far.

  6. Work hard. Do the best you can each and every day.

  7. Take the opportunity everyday to be a better person and version of yourself than the day before.

  8. Honor your family first. You will be a role model for others. Take care of yourself and your family.

  9. Be a remarkable person. Make a positive difference in the world.

  10. Character is built and grown within yourself from both positive and negatives experiences. Experience and live life to the fullest, take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, dream big, work hard for all that you want, do not take a moment for granted and learn from your experiences and the experiences of others.

  11. Don’t worry about what others think but do what is right and within your heart.

  12. Be a person that you can go home each night, look into the mirror and be proud of the person looking back at you.

Matthew Courtright is executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

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