COMMENTARY: Myths About & Misuse of the Golden Rule

MYTHS ABOUT & MISUSE OF THE GOLDEN RULE. The core of the GOLDEN RULE is a moral obligation to treat others ethically for their sake, not ours, even if it’s better than the way they treat us. Why? Not because it’s advantageous, but because it’s RIGHT. And because the way we treat others is about WHO WE ARE, not who …

COMMENTARY: Truth Matters. Trustworthiness Matters.

Truth matters and its your moral responsibility to find it. Trustworthiness matters and its your moral duty to insist on it. Never in my lifetime has truth been more important or more illusive. Though hard to find, within every mountain of careless claims, unsubstantiated assertions, fallacious reasoning and outright lies there are true facts and credible sources. It is your …

Give Back! It Will Improve Your World and Your Life!

Please join me in a commitment to at least double your charitable donations this year. It will improve the world and your life. “If you want to know how to live your life, think about what you want people to say about you after you die and live backward.” Having recently experienced a life-threatening health challenge I am more passionate …

Reality Won’t Budge

You can twist words, make excuses, and interpret what you’ve done or what’s been done to you anyway you want, but reality won’t budge. – Michael Josephson

Enjoy the Journey

Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey. – Michael Josephson

Wisdom & Happiness

Both wisdom and happiness are developed and demonstrated by the ability to see beauty in the ordinary and even in the ugly. – Michael Josephson

Dance in the Rain

Don’t just wait for the storm to end, learn to dance in the rain. A positive attitude can turn hardships into adventures and tragedies into turning points. – Michael Josephson

Leaders Must Show They Care

Leaders must show they care. A leader is like a battalion commander who isn’t content to read the menus but insists on going into the mess hall to taste the food himself. Not only does he know more about what’s being fed to his subordinates, but he’s considered a better leader by his troops. – Peter Drucker.

Gratitude is Not a Statement

Gratitude is not a statement, it’s feeling. It is so easy to say we are grateful that I often don’t stop to really, really take the time to experience gratitude. Saying the words doesn’t mean a thing without the feeling and it takes a moment of genuine reflection to summon that feeling. This Thanksgiving don’t shortchange yourself with hollow word. …

Good People Do Good Things

“Good people will do good things, lots of them, because they are good people. They will do bad things because they are human.” – Harold S. Kushner, living life that matters

Life Isn’t About Winning

“The purpose in life is not to win. The purpose in life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.” ― …

Michael Josephson spreads the Character Counts message in South America!

Michael Josephson recently traveled to Colombia and Bolivia to spread the Character Counts movement! Some highlights include meeting the famous La Paz Zebras in Bolivia which garnered a full two page spread in a major newspaper!  Michael also had two TV and one radio interview about bringing Character Counts to Bolivia. Michael also spent an incredible day at Saint Andrews school in …

Moral Judgement

Whether we’re talking politics or instructing our kids, we should use restraint in expressing MORAL JUDGEMENT. And we should do so in a way that promotes respect, reflection and discourse rather than resentment, resistance and disagreement.

What We Practice

It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong, not what we gain but what we save makes us rich, not what we read but what we remember makes us learned, and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.

Your Moral Compass

It doesn’t matter what road you take if your good sense and good values are your compass. You can’t get lost when you have your moral compass.

Real Integrity

Real integrity is doing the right thing knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. – Oprah Winfrey