In a world bent toward instant gratification and "getting ahead," it's easy to forgo the commitment to act with integrity. But choosing to hold to your values and principles will bring you double-reward, adding the layer of meaning and inner-fulfillment to your external achievements.
As laughable as these sanctions are -- and they are laughable, considering even the NFL admits "DeflateGate" had no impact on the outcome of the AFC Championship game -- what's even more ridiculous is the clueless nature with which the NFL hands down these sanctions.
When I was 6 years old, I was in the checkout lane at the grocery with my mom. She was busy loading groceries from the cart onto the conveyor belt while I was busy checking out all the tempting candy, all of which was at eye level for me. I wanted the gum.
Honesty is a facet of moral character, which connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as, integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, forthrightness of conduct, with the absence of lying, cheating and exaggerating.
Being real or authentic is also a much sought-after managerial trait but, used unwisely, it can hurt your growth. In fact, the Harvard Business Review cites an example of a manager who derailed her career because she confused being authentic for lack of confidence.
Saddened by the news of the death of Bob Simon of CBS's Sixty Minutes. Although he was 70 he died far too young. As a man who survived so much from reporting from the middle of war zones to captivity it was a cruel death on the West Side Highway in a limo accident.
Have you noticed lately how our culture all but worships likability? Often at the expense of higher values. If we're not careful, we can spend so much time making ourselves likable, we forget to ask if we like who we're becoming.
Do your best to get it right. If you do, great. If you don't, admit you got it wrong, fix it, even if hard, and try harder next time. And we should reward journalists and press outlets that are practicing good, honest journalism.
People may choose a lack of integrity when they think that the outcome will be worth it. But is it worth any outcome -- emotional or financial -- to do harm to your own soul? We can get away with it only when we are not aware of the harm we are doing to ourselves.
Trust is a foundation of all individual and social relationships. Whether you ultimately trust yourself to be able to catch the ball, or put trust into others to guide your ongoing development, trust is an essential element of personal growth and success.
I think it's time to create a market for art that deepens the spirit, not makes it shallower, a market to encourage art that taps into wisdom and truth that has lasted for generations, eons, as long as memory has served humanity.