October is the month I was born, which makes this month’s theme of Integrity the equivalent of my astrological sign in the Holstee-verse (high-five to my fellow equitable and slightly indecisive Libras!).

They say Libras are all about balance. Perhaps that is why this month I was drawn towards Aristotle’s concept of the Golden Mean.

According to Aristotle, a pioneer of western philosophy, identifying our virtues is important but the real impact comes from being able to put our virtues into action — in the right way, at the right time, and with the right intention.

In this month’s Integrity Guide, we explore his concept of the Golden Mean, the sweet spot of our moral behavior between two extremes, with excess at one end and deficiency at the other.

Take courage, for example. Too little can translate to cowardice, while in excess it can become recklessness. But when we apply just the right amount of this virtue, we can be courageous in a way that meets the needs of the situation and doesn’t lead to unintended consequences.

What values are you practicing in excess or in deficit? How might you be able to bring those values back to the Golden Mean?

It’s all about the balance,

Mike Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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