His chest is a cage in which two squirrels are at war - his conscience and his career. - Winston Churchill

His chest is a cage in which two squirrels are at war – his conscience and his career. – Winston Churchill

His chest is a cage in which two squirrels are at war - his conscience and his career. - Winston Churchill

Here’s today’s tip: His chest is a cage in which two squirrels are at war – his conscience and his career.

This quote comes from Winston Churchill, one of the 20th Century’s greatest statesmen and a personal hero of mine. He made an art of turning phrases and this is among my favorites.

In describing one of his contemporaries, Churchill made a caricature of him. A combination of absurdity, violence and discomfort that comes to mind. It’s an apt representation of what happens to a person when they allow these facets of themselves to lose harmony.

Examine yourself regularly to see whether your conscience and career motives are working together or if you’re nearing squirrel fight territory. You should subordinate your political and career motivations to your conscience. Do what you know is right, even when you may not see how it can help your career.

Never allow yourself to embody this caricature. Only you can ensure that you don’t.

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Raz Shafer

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