Values and Principles

Values and Principles that Can Change the World addresses the value system needed for a society to excel and grow, filling the gap left in most educational systems by teaching the principles that make for successful individuals. The goal of the book is the development of character. The values and principles presented here are not new, but have been transforming lives and societies for generations.

The book was originally written as a textbook for teaching ethics in the national universities of Honduras, Central America. The Cuban engineer who translated the book into Spanish commented: This is not a textbook. It's too interesting. One of the university professors who taught the book had this to say: This study of values has impacted my life as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and teacher. Although we are now teaching the book to our students a second time, we find something new each day. Filled with true stories of lives that were changed by following right principles such as honesty, fairness, hard work, competence, etc., Values and Principles has prompted radical changes of behavior in many readers. The book is easy to read and both students and teachers will be surprised at the impact it will have on their lives.

You can read the book simply for enjoyment, as it is easy to read the many stories of people who have practiced right principles. It is also great reading for people who want to improve their character and seek greater success in life, work, business and family.

About the Author

As a young man, John Potts hitch hiked around the world, visiting 46 countries. Since that time he has added many more countries to his travels. A former university professor, he has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and has worked in industry for 40 years. For the past 15 years he has traveled to Honduras several times a year, designed a village after Hurricane Mitch and taught many seminars in the universities there. Charlene is a free lance writer and has shared most of John's travels. While raising their three children they have done extensive volunteer work with children, teenagers and college students. Together they are working to bring change to Honduras and other countries through their educational nonprofit organization, Professionals to the World.

For Teachers

how to use the book in your classroom

If you are a teacher in a secondary school, college, or university, the best way to teach these principles to your students is to focus on just one principle at a time and connect it with some type of project, so that students can truly discover the value of the principle being considered.

For example, if you are teaching the principle of kindness, you could help them prepare a program for a children’s hospital or orphanage.

If you want your students to understand what it means to be competent, you could take them to visit a successful professional, in the world of business, in government, music, the arts, etc.

Involve your students in helping others in a creative manner, showing them the value of service above power. Here’s a comment from a student at the National University in Comayagua, Honduras. “In our class on values and principles, our professor asked us to write a thank-you letter to our parents. While doing this exercise, I started to cry as I realized how, all these years, I had never expressed my gratitude to my mom and dad. My parents couldn’t contain their happiness!”



“Values and Principles is an extraordinary tool that ought to be implemented in all centers that develop leaders in Latin America. Latin American society finds itself in an unprecedented crisis of ethical values, and this precious book will contribute greatly to bring about the change we so badly need.”
— Rodolfo Interiano, Brigadier General (ret.) of the Army of Honduras
“Often we go through life focused on ourselves. When our class in Values and Principles visited the children’s cancer ward during our Day of Kindness, my eyes were opened, and now I know there are many people in need, and that I can help and encourage them.”
— Engineering Student, National University of Honduras in Tegucigalpa
“Our students were taught Values and Principles for the first time this year. They enthusiastically applied what they had learned by visiting homes for the elderly and schools for handicapped children, and by teaching in nearby rural schools.”
— Gabriel Barahona, Executive Director, Honduras National School of Forestry, Siguatepeque
“In our class on Values and Principles, our professor asked us to write a letter of appreciation to our parents. As I did the assignment, I began to cry, realizing that, in all these years, I had never expressed my gratitude to my mom and dad. My parents couldn’t contain their joy!”
— A Student at the National University of Honduras in Comayagua
“My students cried when they shared their experiences from the teaching of Values and Principles. They continue to be motivated to apply this teaching and to change their university, and their country, for the better.”
— Alma Valazquez, Professor, National University of Honduras in Comayagua
“After reading a story in this book, I told my family, ‘We are no longer going to watch so much television; instead, we are going to read!’”
— A Student in a Values and Principles Class, Aurora, Colorado
“The study of Values has drawn me closer to God and has impacted my life as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and teacher, on both the secular and spiritual levels. Although we are now teaching the book a second time, we find something new each day.”
— Letty Fajardo, Professor at the National University of Honduras in Comayagua
“The course in Values and Principles so impacted one of our professors that he confided, ‘I have always been a negative person. But I can’t teach these things with a negative attitude. I am trying to change.’”
— Director of a National University in Honduras