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You must do the things you think you cannot do.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
 

 

Friday, October 11, 2002

Integrity

When you respect, treasure and maintain it, it can bring enormous value to whatever you set out to accomplish. It is your integrity, and it is very much worth the effort you spend to keep it intact.

For if you compromise your integrity to get ahead, you’ll severely limit how far you can go. If you give up your integrity in exchange for anything else, you will always be on the losing end of the bargain.

The compromise of integrity is its own worst punishment, and is a price that is never worth paying. The worth of integrity cannot be calculated, because it adds value to everything you do.

There will come moments when you’ll be tempted to take a shortcut, moments when it will seem foolish to hold on so steadfastly to your integrity. But deep down you know that the day will come when that integrity will be worth far more to you than anything for which you could trade it away.

One day you’ll reach a bridge that can only be crossed if your integrity is intact. One day you’ll come upon an opportunity that can be yours only if you have arrived at it with integrity.

Live each moment with integrity, with whole and genuine positive purpose. All the while you’ll be building something of real, lasting value.

— Ralph Marston

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