How Principles are Key to Form a Belief System


“Ideology knows the answer before the question has been asked. Principles are something different: a set of values that have to be adapted to circumstances but not compromised away.” ― George Packer

As a person starts the journey of life, they are on their way to go through experiences that they will remember forever. Having a clear set of rules and principles in life empowers individuals and allows them to form a solid belief system. B. Dexterous is a boxing commentator and influencer, a US Air Force veteran, spiritual advisor, and educator who has kept specific principles as his foundation. As there are many distractions in the world, individuals tend to deviate from being focused, but Dexterous has been unstoppable. Dexterous graduated with High Honors in Medical Sciences from the University of Arkansas. He is a native from Cleveland, Ohio, who has trained various physicians across the US in Instrumentation and Physics as well as Diagnostic Imaging Optimization Principles of Sonography. Dexterous is a US Amateur Boxing coach and community activist who has played a vital role in inspiring others to have a more positive outlook on life.

Governing life with consistency

“It is right that we should stand by and act on our principles, but not right to hold them in obstinate blindness or retain them when proved to be erroneous.”
― Michael Faraday

As the world moves forward, it is essential not to go astray, and for that, an individual should adorn principles. Surroundings may make individuals give up their morals, but it is vital to maintain a belief system that one can practice in times of adversity. Truth, faith, honesty, and discipline allow individuals to navigate a life that gives them peace. Dexterous is the recipient of the Airman Leadership School John L. Levitow Award and the First Black Chairman of a General Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department in Arkansas state history. Dexterous has achieved so much success because he always had a solid foundation of being centered and not allowing any external factor to deviate him from his passion. Many individuals have been through turmoil, and how they pick themselves up is how they show character.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the world faced irreparable loss and came to a standstill. Dexterous has been a force to reckon with in such trying and challenging times as he remained firm and empowered others to believe in an optimistic future. Many people will go through life not seeing the actual blessings they are bestowed with. It is key to be grateful and navigate life with consistency with rules and principles. There need to be boundaries that a person should not cross. An individual should set rules initially and make it their mission to follow them indefinitely. There are times when staying positive becomes a relentless task, but Dexterous has always inspired others to maintain optimism. Dexterous has been nominated for the Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award (TOYA), an achievement in itself. Being true to oneself is vital to thrive, and Dexterous has done that impeccably.

A humble upbringing 

“The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.”
― Louisa May Alcott

Dexterous’ parents were extremely compassionate as they taught him to be empathetic and kind to others. His parents may not have been financially strong as they desired, but they ensured that all of their family’s needs were met. Dexterous’ father was a decorated Vietnam war veteran drafted to fight the war as a young teenager. He was infantry, was trained to kill, and lost so many comrades. His father witnessed so many traumatic events that severely altered his psychological state. He was mentally wounded, and it wasn’t easy to find work, so he would be in and out of jobs. His father may not have had extravagant luxuries; however, he was rich in spirit, wisdom, and knowledge. He was Dexterous’ first teacher who taught the true meaning of life; to be of service to others.

Dexterous’ father was a beacon of hope for him as he laid a solid foundation and was respected by everyone. His father pushed him and his siblings to pursue higher education and taught them that education was the key to success. Dexterous’ mother has a loving and inviting personality as her attitude spokes volumes of her phenomenal traits. She was a hard worker who always had 2-3 jobs at one time to support her family. She did not consume alcohol and or use profanity. She had a smiling face which made her the most down-to-earth woman. His parents taught Dexterous to appreciate the little things and give value to them. 

Defining a path to a solid foundation

“Respect and compassion are not just qualities that we need to inculcate, they are the foundation that holds humanity together.”
― Dr. Prem Jagyasi

Dexterous and his siblings were taught that cleanliness is next to Godliness. That is why he would hand wash his clothes and clean his shoes every night to prepare for school the next day. His clothes may have been new initially, but he made sure that he kept his possession tidy, clean, and orderly for the longest time. His family adored sports and were entirely dedicated to it. His parents would order famous Mike Tyson fights and hold gatherings at home for family and friends. It would be full of entertainment and fun and gave Dexterous an adrenaline rush.

Dexterous instantly became a fan of boxing in 1987 when he was just seven years old after watching the Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard Super fight. It was an experience of a lifetime as he watched, rooting for Sugar Ray because he admired his fighting style. His showmanship was unparalleled, and Dexterous wanted to be just like him as he was charismatic, stylish, and a legendary prizefighter. Dexterous has worked relentlessly to instill the passion of boxing in the young generation and inspire them to pursue their dreams. He has been incredible when it comes to encouraging individuals and has been unstoppable when it comes to being successful.