#15: If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.

I learned this in my hometown, Bath, Maine – The Cradle of Ships. For centuries, Bath-built ships have symbolized a gold standard in navigation. A big reason for this is the work ethic that pervades both the Bath Iron Works and the community.

If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything. So, what do you stand for?

My time as a Hyde student infused within me a respect for the Five Words that have adorned the school shield since its founding in 1966: Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, and Concern.

On some days I live up to these words better than I do on others, but they’re what I’m shooting for. Over the years, I’ve found that my earnest efforts to stand for these words render me less susceptible to falling for sketchy schemes and “Fool’s Gold.” I’m not saying I never fall, only that it’s far less likely to happen when I’m striving to stand for principle.

Onward, Malcolm Gauld