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To the woman who gave her all so that I can have it all. To my mother, Mrs Felicia Olajide.

Thank you for staying when others left. Thank you for believing in me and thank you for loving me and my brother.


1. Dedication

2. Contents

3. Acknowledgment

4. Foreword

5. What successful people are saying about principle


a. Chapter 1 – A Principle?

b. Chapter 2 – Person(al)

c. Chapter 3 – Why you should develop a Personal Principle

d. Chapter 4 – What Shapes You


a. Chapter 5 – Personal Principle on Time

b. Chapter 6 – Personal Principle on Friendship

c. Chapter 7 – Personal Principle on Diet

d. Chapter 8 – Personal Principle on Relationship

e. Chapter 9 – Personal Principle on Occupation

f. Chapter 10 – Personal Principle on Religion

g. Chapter 11 – Personal Principle on Communication

8. Conclusion

9. Contact and Feedbacks

10. Reference Sources

11. About the Author


All glory to God!

With the deepest gratitude, I wish to thank every person who has come into my life and inspired, and illuminated me through their presence.

I would also like to acknowledge and express my gratitude to the following people for their magnificent support and contributions to my journey and to the reality of this book:

For being my long-time hero, I appreciate my brother, Olajide Olanrewaju, your support cannot be quantified, thank you brother.

To Leke Ademola-Kay, a friend of a year old who has turned a brother. I enjoy everything we have done together. Thank you being part of my history and taking time to write the foreword of this book and to your wife as well, Adeoye Tobi Esther who introduced you to me.

For taking time to edit this book, I sincerely appreciate Titi Falade, Thank you so much. May God, reward you graciously.

Lanre Adigun happens to be the reason why this book was completed on time. Thank you for being my strength.

To Olaniran Bola, Osilaja Esther, Oguntoyinbo Tobiloba, Ayoola Bukola, Samuel Kehinde and Ogundipe Idowu, thank you.

To all members of Lofty Readers’ Network. Wow! You all have been a source of inspiration to me. It can only get better with you guys.

Lastly, I want to appreciate Osayi Emokpe Lasisi, the Queen of Virtual Summit, I don’t know you personally, but I do get your emails almost every day. You keep telling me I can do it. And now I have my first piece. Thank you for existing in my generation.


This book is a great exposition on a lifestyle given to principle. A man will fall for anything if he doesn’t stand for something.

Life is not just a playing ground. Life is a field for serious business and certain rules apply. It is why the good book says in Proverbs25:28 that “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.

That this kind of book is coming from this author is no surprise. The author as I know is a man whose life is guided and given to principles. As such, this is not an empty blabbing from someone who just wants to write. This is a great manual for living.

The author noted that “principles are like life manual in which a life revolves within the context of the manual and any action outside the manual can be hazardous and can lead to a drop in values” and I completely agree.

That the chapters cover such important issues as communication, religion, work, relationship, even friendship and time is a great delight. I cannot but join the author in asking you, “what shapes you?”

Reading this great book has had tremendous impact on me. I have the utmost assurance that anyone who allows this book to go through his or her mind cannot but record huge shift in mindset and it is a change in mindset that prepares life for transformation.

Leke Ademola-Kay

Head, Transformation Intelligence Unit

Lofty Transformation Centre


Change your opinions, keep your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.

Victor Hugo

Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and souls rise in mutiny against their rigour… if at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?

Charlotte Boronte

People can’t live with change if there is not a changeless core inside them.

Steven Covey

We must adjust to changing times and still hold unchanging principles.

Jimmy Carter

Important principles may, and must be inflexible.

Abraham Lincoln

My principles are more important than the money or my title.

Muhammed Ali

Our differences are policies, our agreement, principles.

William McKinley

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.

Napoleon Bonaparte

My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring.

Prince Williams

There has to be a line beyond which you will not go. You have to know where that line is drawn.

Richard Templar



Chapter 1: A Principle?

There has to be a line beyond which you will not go. You have to know where that line is draw

Richard Templar

A principle is an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct. A fundamental proposition that serves as the foundation for system belief or behavior. A moral rule or belief that helps you know what is right and wrong and that influences your action.

Giving all these definitions, in a simple sentence, we can say principles are the dos and don’ts of a system or an individual.

In other words, principles are like life manuals in which a life revolves within the context of the manual and any action outside the manual can be hazardous and leads to drop in values.

Principles keep a life or a system in tune with a purpose (Mission and Vision).

Also, a principle can be likened to an ocean with a ship on it. The ship can float through the length and breadth of the ocean and still enjoy itself, but once it gets offshore, the party is over. It is a major principle for ships that they only enjoy their party on water. Anything outside the water for a ship can lead to an injury. The ship cannot afford to party on the land as it will do on the water.

Principles mould and brand a system or an individual. It portrays uniqueness.

It might seem easy, but it’s not. In fact, it takes a lot of reflection, time alone and deep thinking to come to peace with what you truly believe, what you are willing to stand up for and more importantly, what decisions or sacrifices you are willing to make to live by your principles. It is often so easy to just “go with the flow” and let life happen. Maybe that is the more peaceful way to wander through life. I’m not sure. But what I am sure about is how much clearer life becomes when you know what you believe in, define your principles and make the commitment to live and make decisions based on those beliefs.

While a “clearer” life might allow you to make better choices as it relates to your own life, it does make life a little bit more engaging and requires you to often times make the “tough choices.” You see, living a life based on principles isn’t always easy or convenient. Sometimes it is very hard and can be plain scary. But, if you can strive to make some principles for yourself, you will find yourself not being prone to continuous errors. You will live better and be more focused. It is either life happens to you or you happen to life. With your principle in place, the latter shall be yours; you will be in control and not be controlled.

Chapter 2: Person(al)

At this point, I will be referring to an individual or a system as a person because systems also consist of humans.

A person is a being, such as a human, that has certain capacities or attributes. A person is you!

You as a person, are responsible for your life, either you make good use of it or not. There is no one you can blame for your failure.

It can be annoying today to hear youths attributing most of their failures in life to their parents for either not giving them the rightful formal education. Some fault their rich uncles who have refused to help them for the failures in their lives. But, it is my delight to tell you again that you are responsible for any outcome in your life. There are numbers of people from different races; countries and continents who have made it big in life who had a more pathetic beginning than some who are making excuses today.

Charles Darwin was no-hell bent on becoming a scientist his whole life, thanks to his dad, who called him lazy and too dreamy. Darwin once wrote “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect”

Also, Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four and didn’t read until he was seven. He was subsequently expelled from school and was not admitted to the Zurich Polytechnic School. Long story short, he came around.

Everyone has the potential and capacity to solve at least a problem in his or her generation. It profits not you, the universe and the creator for you to pass through this world without having an impact.

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