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.
- Stay positive. Even when things are not going well, a positive attitude and an upbeat approach is the key to success.
- Be a class act and a class act never badmouths anyone.
- Always tell the truth. Your word is like gold.
- Your integrity cannot be bought.
- Be a good person and you will go far.
- Work hard. Do the best you can each and every day.
- Take the opportunity everyday to be a better person and version of yourself than the day before.
- Honor your family first. You will be a role model for others. Take care of yourself and your family.
- Be a remarkable person. Make a positive difference in the world.
- 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.
- Don’t worry about what others think but do what is right and within your heart.
- Be a person that you can go home each night, look into the mirror and be proud of the person looking back at you.
Now I truly understand that we are all human and have days where we are not as positive or upbeat as we would like to be. But if you remind yourself of these twelve general principals and truly try to incorporate them into your life, business or organization you will make a difference. You can change your own life, those around you and the community as a whole.
To learn more about the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce visit www.ticonderogany.com or visit us at 94 Montcalm Street, Suite 1 in downtown Ticonderoga. Please feel free to stop by to share your ideas, concerns, thoughts and positivity with me. You can also reach me at 585-6619 or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I encourage you to all become a fan of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook to stay up to date with news, events, see photos, and more.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is a private not-for-profit organization that serves, markets and promotes the Ticonderoga area including, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah and Putnam. The TACC plans and hosts free community events, events that draw area visitors, assists area organizations with their events and projects, provides small business support and resources and business referrals, answers many community and visitor questions and requests via phone, email, and mail, sends visitor area information upon request, keeps an online calendar of events, as well as an array of benefits for its members. In addition the chamber works closely with area organizations and economic development agencies.
For more information on the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.ticonderogany.com, “Like” the chamber on Facebook or follow TiconderogaADK on twitter.
Matthew Courtright is executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.