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Last weekend I attended the National Forum on Character Education in Washington DC. I heard speaker after speaker talk about the importance of developing the emotional strength, character and moral fiber of the student as a foundation for the technical disciplines of education.

This is an arena I have worked in for many years. For 7 years worked on numerous human rights and religious freedom issues in more than 17 countries. I have worked with The Way to Happiness Foundation International for the last 13 years promoting universal character and ethics in over 100 languages and countries.

I admit, after listening to months of the deceptive-toxic-onslaught of personal attacks by the two major US presidential candidates, fed by hypocritical-vested-interest media networks, I had become a bit jaded about the future of our world.

But after this weekend, seeing so

wonderful caring people
doing such good work, one child, one student at a time, my faith in mankind has been renewed.

A concept that was repeatedly mentioned was the importance of empowering the emotional strength of the student, of having good role models in the adults students work with and developing a good set of values for them to live their lives by.

These are words apply to nearly everything in life.

In speaking to a group, I feel we should respect and strengthen the individual audience member's belief in their ability to do and to act.

In building and leading a company, the emotional strength and stability of each employee will determine the company's success. Words and actions should be used to strengthen moral base that binds the company personnel.

In being an employee, being a stable positive role model for others will only enhance the workplace for all and maybe even help some struggling misinformed executives.

Never under estimate your ability to make a difference.

We build a better world by caring about others, no matter who we are or what position we have.

We build a better world by setting a good example by our own actions.

We build a better world by helping to create one smile at a time.

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