“A little integrity is better than any career”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Integrity is a quality that can’t be bought or obtained overnight; it requires time and a conscious effort to make the right decisions. If our desire for success, money or fame in our industry becomes more important than our integrity then we’ve lost. Sure, business may be good and clients may still book you, but if integrity was compromised along the way then our success has no value. Stats show we’re all going to make a switch in our job or career at some point in our lives, so how you leave your mark in life goes beyond what you are doing today. Press, notoriety, money… all of those things eventually fade away, and if your hard work to obtain them cost you your integrity then I dare say they weren’t worth it. The way you treat people – clients, coworkers, family, friends – is far more important than a successful business. Integrity will build your business and brand, but a lack of integrity can destroy it.
We reap what we sow!! It’s always good for us to take a step back and look at the big picture; if you’ve compromised your character for your business what will you have? Fond memories of what once was? Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said..People will forget what you did..But people will never forget how you made them feel.” If our climb to success leaves a wake of hurt and angry people then that’s the legacy we’ve left. People aren’t going to remember the pictures you took, the films you created, the flowers you arranged or the number of twitter followers you have… they’re going to remember the impact of your character – good or bad.
Integrity will always be better than a career, it’s what we should ultimately be working to keep.
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