Virtue and Truth

By | October 29, 2022

[October 29, 2022]  There’s something to be said for virtue and truth.  One of the things I’ve noticed about folks who are phenomenally successful; they do everything they can to live a truthful life, and you can get a long way in life by being honest.

There are significant differences in intelligence among different people.  If you go into a job and you’re not smart enough, you’re going to have one miserable time, and you’re going to make life wretched for the people around you because you won’t be able to handle the position.

To maximize your chances for success and well-being, you want to find a level in an occupation that would put you into the upper quarter in ability.  You certainly don’t want to be the dumbest person in the room; that’s a rough place to be.  Furthermore, you don’t want to be the smartest person in the room either because what that means is that you should be in a different room.

If you want to be the best at what you’re doing, then having an IQ above 145 is necessary, and maybe you’re pushing 160 in some situations.  And also, you would need to be stress tolerant and also conscientious and orderly.

Why is it that smart people are at the top of competence hierarchies?  The answer is that they get there first.  Everything is a race to the top; the faster you are, the more likely you are to be at the forefront of the pack.  Intelligence, in large part, is speed.  That’s not all of it.  If you’re moving towards something difficult rapidly (like a career goal), the faster people will get their first.

The lesson for us is that you will have to put some serious effort into your life, and you need to be motivated to do that.  So, what are the potential sources of motivation?  One way to look at that is to envision your life the way you wanted it three to five years in the future if you were taking care of yourself properly.  And, you must be honest to yourself and others about it.

What would that look like?  What do you want from your friendships, intimate relationships, the structure of your family, your career, how you will use your time outside of your job, and how will you regulate your mental and physical health?  How are you going to temper your alcohol and drug use?

This means you must have a valued goal to strive for.  Otherwise, you can’t get any positive motivation, and you will fail.  That is why virtue and truth are your only way of being successful in your life.


Please read my books:

  1. “55 Rules for a Good Life,” on Amazon (link here).
  2. “Our Longest Year in Iraq,” on Amazon (link here).
Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I provide one article every day. My writings are influenced by great thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Jung, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Jean Piaget, Erich Neumann, and Jordan Peterson, whose insight and brilliance have gotten millions worldwide to think about improving ourselves. Thank you for reading my blog.

13 thoughts on “Virtue and Truth

  1. Lady Hawk

    Gen. Doug Satterfield, you are a national treasure, please keep up what you are doing and for pointing us in the direction of being a better person and much better leader.

  2. Bryan Z. Lee

    “The lesson for us is that you will have to put some serious effort into your life, and you need to be motivated to do that. ” – common sense again from Gen. Satterfield

  3. Tracey Brockman

    Enjoyed today’s article by Gen. Satterfield. One can never over emphasize the importance of “virtue and truth.” Similar to what Gen. S. has to say in his new book.

      1. Deplorable John

        Truth and responsibility … not obfuscation and lies … just what the crazy Twitter crowed wants to do to us by blocking free speech. Ever wonder that Twitter was run by an Indian (from India) and its senior execs were Indian? Now they have been fired.

        1. Army Captain

          I agree Dep John, an article on Twitter and Gen. Satterfield’s thoughts would be appreciate. A year or so ago he did write about Twitter.

  4. Gil Johnson

    Good morning and finally a great Saturday and a couple of days off for me and the wife. I hope everyone is well. I just wanted to give my input on Gen. Satterfield’s new book “55 Rules for a Good Life.” It should have read “great” life but who am I to quibble. Great book and if you don’t have a copy yet, shame on you! Get it now. Support our veterans.

    1. Silly Man

      Gil, great to hear from you again and for being such a supporter of this leadership website. We all are the biggest of fans and you and me are toptop. Thank you for recommending Gen. S’s book. I have my paperback copy.


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