Many people have a fascination with lighthouses. For some of us, it is even an obsession. Over the years I have visited many lighthouses myself and also have a small collection of miniature lighthouses to remind me of a few of my favorites that I had a chance to see and climb.

We are attracted to lighthouses for our own reasons — some love the dramatic coastline where the lighthouse is situated, and others enjoy visiting because it speaks to them of a time gone by while connecting them with their own past.

For many families, the lighthouse is a tradition as they plan vacations to the shores and lighthouses they have yet to see. They are really extraordinary structures with amazing stories of how each came to be. The earliest known lighthouse was Egypt’s Pharos of Alexandria built in 280 B.C., with a huge open fire at the top, which stood 450 feet tall.

When I think about the history, nostalgia, and individual meaning and significance that the lighthouse holds, I am reminded of its primary purpose. The lighthouse was designed and built to keep ships from becoming beached in the shallow waters or crashing into the rocky coasts. Instead, ships avoided being shipwrecked and were guided safely into the harbor. Lighthouses were invented to light the way for ships at sea.

We may not be at sea, but we could still be adrift. As we consider what we use in our own life to light the way, many of us are grounded in our values and beliefs, and we use those to guide our steps and decision-making. Others find something that is their North Star, something whether it’s a virtue or value, that they follow in good times and when times get tough, keeping them on the right path. And then there are those who rely on their principles and strong moral compass. And yet for others, they struggle because they have yet to connect with their values, beliefs, virtues, their North Star, or moral compass. They struggle because they have yet to find what lights their way.

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Written by Michael “Go-To” Norton, XINNIX President, former CEO and Founder at Tramazing, former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, and former Executive Vice President of Sandler Corporate Training, Michael Norton has helped companies accelerate their growth by elevating their talent through learning and development programs.

Michael has had the pleasure of working with world-class companies such as Siemens Healthcare, WebMD, 7-Up, Cardinal Health, Cemex, Boral, HPE, Indeed, Lonza, KONE, Evonik, Quest Software, Dell, Anixter, and many more. for 30+ years he has developed, written, delivered, reinforced, and sold sales and sales management training programs that deliver real ROI while fitting into a company’s culture, processes, daily sales workflow, and budget.

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