What Are You Standing For?

Ever have a song pop in your head that you have not heard in ages? Recently, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” did just that to me. It was recorded 28 years ago by Aaron Tippin and the chorus is still etched permanently into my brain:

You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

You’ve got to be your own man, not a puppet on a string

Never compromise what’s right, and uphold your family name

You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

What is it that you value? Is it worth standing up for? If not, then take a moment and reconsider what is important, what is worth fighting for.

We have it within us to raise the bar. We can choose to create an incredibly high standard and in doing so separate ourselves from mediocrity. We can have the courage to always do the right thing. This is how we obtain the name that is held in reverence by others. That when they see the name Smith or Winley, they say there goes an honorable person worthy of trust. Those are the ones that are left standing when the final bell rings and all the other have fallen down.

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. –Alexander Hamilton