Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
I recently went away with my wife and family to Las Vegas. During this trip, we used a timeshare given to us by my in-laws because they’re too elderly to use at this stage of their life.
After we checked in, we were told to go to another counter to get bus tickets. At the other counter, a girl started to tell us that she noticed how long we have been members and that we were VIP and she would be able to take care of us due to this status. She said she would give us a free breakfast for my wife and I and our other three guests and five free show tickets, and the best part was that there would be no selling when we went!
Naturally, I thought, “WOW this is great! They’re taking care of us, because my in laws have been VIP members for so long.” Another way to say this is that I took the bait hook, line, and sinker big time.
The next morning we went to the breakfast and as soon as we entered the room, something didn’t feel right. My intuition was saying “OH HO,” you’ve been had, and this is not going to be fun. We waited for our assigned salesman who took us to our breakfast and then to an “information session.” After we got out of the session, we were taken somewhere to “talk” to see if we wanted to spend more for upgrades. After fifteen minutes, we were finally able to convince him that we did have any interest in spending any money.
Later, my wife and I thought about this and discussed what had happened. We realized that this timeshare company had not been honest with us from the beginning. We weren’t VIP members and going to this had nothing to do with how long we were members. Everybody that goes to this hotel is told the same thing to get them to go to the sales meeting. Did it feel good to get lied to? NO! Would I ever buy anything with this company? NO WAY!! Did we get a free breakfast and a free show for everyone and am I grateful for that? YES!!
This company lacked integrity. And if I had one word that could make everyone better and the whole world better, it would be integrity. Integrity is very hard to define so I had to look it up in the dictionary:
Integrity-adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
I believe the best definition I ever seen is the Oprah quote above. I wish I could say I’ve always lived with integrity, but I can’t. There was a time in my life when I did some dishonest things with no regard for the other party. It came down to this—how my actions benefited me, and fear that I didn’t have enough, so I was entitled to be dishonest. I am extremely grateful to say I now live with integrity, because I listen to the truth that’s inside me, and everyone.
You have something deep inside you that’s your gift to share with the world. And this gift comes from a place of service to the world and of higher good for you and the world.
When you live and breathe your gift, you are in integrity with the Universe. It has nothing to do with money and getting rich. Not that there’s anything wrong with prosperity, money, and getting rich. It’s just not the primary reason for your purpose. The primary reason is to make life better for someone or something in this world and to make this Universe better and more beautiful. The integrity that’s inside you can change the world—and yourself.
How to live with integrity:
1) When you’re making a decision that you’re not sure is the right decision for the other person/business involved, go inside and ask, “Am I making this decision from fear or love?” Another great question to ask is, “Will the person or business involved think the decision is fair?” We all know how bad it feels to be taken advantage of, so imagine how the other person or business will feel. Warning: your head will tell you all kinds of stories of why you have a right to do this and maybe even lie about it.
2) Get in touch at a heart and soul level with that burning passion you have inside you to serve someone or something. If this has anything to do with money or being better then someone—keep looking. You could become a billionaire, but again, money is secondary to living a life with meaning.
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The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
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