Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity Is Forever!

VCoppes-Integrity

in·teg·ri·ty

inˈtegritē/

noun

noun: integrity

1.
the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.he is known to be a man of integrity

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Be the kind of person you’d want to hang out with.”A teacher at heart, I often wonder about the values that I hope to teach my children. If I could teach only one: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever.

Integrity means doing the right thing. It means doing it at all times , in all circumstances, regardless of the fact that someone may or may not be watching. It takes courage to do the right thing, no matter the consequences. To build a reputation of integrity takes a very long time, years in fact. But, unfortunately, it takes only a second to lose.

Integrity isn’t talked about nearly enough. Our state of immediateness and ‘overnight success’ culture has become an acceptable school of thought. 

While it may seem like people can gain power quickly and easily if they cut corners and act without the constraints of morality, dishonesty provides instant gratification in the moment and it will never last. There are many people without integrity who win without getting caught, creating a false perception of the success path that one should follow. However, that momentary result comes at an incredibly high price with far reaching consequences.  That person has lost their ability to be trusted as a person of integrity, which is the most valuable quality anyone can have in their life.

Profit in dollars or power is temporary,

but profit in a network of people who trust you as a person of integrity is forever.

Every one person who trusts you will advocate that trust to at least a few of their peeps. Word of your character will spread like wildfire. The value of the trust others have in you is far beyond anything that can be measured.  It means having an army of people that are willing to go the extra mile to help you because they know that recommending you to others will never bring damage to their own reputation. The value of the trust others have in you goes beyond anything that can be measured because it brings along with it limitless opportunities and endless possibilities.

A person’s dishonesty will eventually catch up to them.

Lesson learned: Avoid people who are not trustworthy. BELIEVE me, do a gut check. You’ll get an answer right away. Do not do business with them. Do not associate with them. Do not make excuses for them. If a person cannot be trusted in the simplest matters of honesty then how can they possibly be trusted to uphold business contracts?

Inevitably we become more and more like the people we surround ourselves with. If we surround ourselves with people who are dishonest and willing to cut corners to get ahead, then we’ll surely find ourselves following a pattern of first enduring their behavior, then accepting their behavior, and finally adopting their behavior. 

Success will indeed come and go, but integrity is forever.

Live so that when

your children

think of fairness,

caring, and integrity,

they think of you.

H. J. Brown, JR

Resource: Amy Rees Anderson, Forbes.com

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