Character BEFORE Career…
When anything comes before your personal Character… you loose.
So how much is your integrity worth? The answer is simple…EVERYTHING! Why? Because without trust you have nothing. This is why integrity is priceless! Integrity can’t be bought. Reaching a goal without integrity isn’t ‘success’ it’s actually a total failure… it’s cheating yourself and everyone around you.
As soon as famous cyclist Lance Armstrong was found to be doping over his ‘impressive winning’ career, his seven ‘Tour de France’ championships became a sham. Instead of being respected as a true champion, he instantly became famous for being a phony, a lier, and world-class cheater. The moral of his story and unfortunately for so many other athletes and business leaders in our culture today is that achieving a goal without integrity is hollow. It’s simply fake. It’s doesn’t mean anything. Without trust, without integrity, without the journey of sacrifice, self discipline, and hard work… the ‘success’ is just pretend and doesn’t really matter.
Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain. No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool someone might believe they are, how we treat people will tell everything about us. Integrity is not something we show others, it’s how we behave when no one is looking. An image might be what people think we are, but integrity is what we really are. There is no better test of integrity than our behavior when we’re wrong. Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come
Integrity is everything, ‘whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.’ The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their profession. There is no better test of integrity than your behavior when you’re wrong. Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. I believe that we should live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of us, no one would believe it.
Anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.