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Integrity is: Doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do.
Integrity is NOT: simply standing by your own ideals just to be rigid.
The dictionary defines integrity as: Adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
Adherence to strict moral and ethical reasoning is different than sticking by something you just believe in solidly or choose for you desires. Moral and ethical codes have within them a sense that these ideal transcend individualized agendas and instead are codes which apply to a wider group than just yourself.
Why do I bring up integrity ? Because all to often we get so focused on our own agenda, our own goals that we forget to take time to verify if we are doing "what is right" along the way.
Becoming wealthy can be quite a noble venture-- especially when the one becoming wealthy plans on using that wealth to assist others. But, gaining wealth my dishonesty, or any other means of compromising ones character, does not justify the end result.
An example of living on target for integrity's sake is : Andrew Carnegie. Andrew Carnegie became America's richest immigrated citizen after years and years of hard work. At age 65 he sold his company and devoted his remaining years to giving away his wealth. He funded the building of over 2,000 libraries within the English speaking world. And gave away somewhere close to $350 million total to those needing various forms of assistance.
One reason I like Andrew Carnegie: he was honest about hard work. He was once interviewed and asked if he had ever had a clue his life would turn out the way that it had. His response was something to the effect that had he known all that lay before him -- he might never have been able to get up on any given day. BUT you see-- he did get up. And he did what was before him each and everyday, for the right reasons and to the best of his ability.
Again, integrity means doing the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do.
Some quotes I'd like to share with you on integrity follow:
** The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity. ~ Zig Ziglar
** We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move--and he, in turn, waits for you. ~ Aristotle
** Integrity is not something that grownups have and adolescents can aspire to. Integrity is something that all of us, at all ages, are constantly striving for. ~ Harold Kushner
What are your dreams? How are you going about their achievement? When you come up to the choices and the challenges-- be sure to take the path of integrity. You may get there faster by an alternate route; however, if you take the path of integrity you will like yourself enough to enjoy your dreams once they come true.
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