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To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.
-- Mark Twain


Thursday, December 4, 1997


What if everyone knew your secrets? Would that change the way you live your life, the way you conduct business, the way you act when no one is looking?

You may not live and work under the close scrutiny of others, yet it pays to act as though you do.

Scrutiny imposes discipline. If we’re certain that no one will ever know, we’re more likely to take shortcuts. Yet when we know that others are watching, we’re more scrupulous about everything. That is almost always a good thing.

Though the world is not always watching you, the fact is that every action you take has consequences, whether you act publicly or in secret. If what you do today could not stand up to the scrutiny of others, then someday it will catch up with you.

Live as though the world is watching, and reap the many rewards that discipline and integrity will bring.

— Ralph Marston

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