SFTU Core Values: Courage, Humility, Structure

ways to describe these core value

In life, time is a vital resources. Three valuable tools, three SFTU Core Values, maximize time and potential: 1) Courage; 2) Humility; 3) Structure. When these three tools become a person’s core value–that person will excel.

a) Tool of Courage

Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Some people are able, but not willing; some are willing, but not able; some are neither; some are both. Courage can be learned, and courage can be practiced—and the stronger your tool of courage, the better you will spend your time, which will help you to reach your potential. However, courage alone is not enough…

b) Tool of Humility

Humble means teachable. The opposite of humble is unteachable, stubborn. To be humble requires patience, practice—and indeed courage. Humility, like courage, can be learned; and just like the tool of courage, the tool of humility determines how well you spend your time. Time and potential. (Humble is different from timid—humility shows a strength to listen and learn; timidity shows only fear.)

c) Tool of Structure

Structure is all about priority. Quick, rushed, online communication often creates the habit of bad prioritizing–creating communicators who are slaves to one mood after another. Good structure requires consistently good priorities. Structure can be learned, and is vital for spending time well and reaching success.


Following is a poem about Courage, Humility and Structure (edited to remove unnecessary references to gender)


If you can keep your head when all about you
are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when everyone doubts you,
but make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
and yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
and treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
and stoop and build them up with worn-out tools:

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
to serve your turn long after they are gone,
and so hold on when there is nothing in you
except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If everyone counts with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
and—which is more—you’ll be alive for once.

-Rudyard Kipling (edited by Russ Lindquist)