Saturday, October 08, 2005

Basic Ideas About Success Pt. 4 - Integrity

Basic Ideas About Success is now going to be a monthly feature. In case you missed the previous posts you can find them at the end of this article.

Not doing what's wrong is a given. If you're not doing this already, it's probably a good idea to start. Integrity is more than that though. It is also doing what is right. This can be hard. Gossip is a good example. It may be easy to not engage in gossip, that's not doing what is wrong. Doing the right thing would be confronting the gossiper and the person being gossiped about. Not in an underhanded way, but in an open and friendly manner. Tact is key. Yes, doing what's right may be difficult or uncomfortable, but it is a key element of integrity.

Keeping your word. To be a success you will need the help of people. Who would you rather want to help? Someone who is unreliable? Makes excuses? Goes back on their word? Or, someone who reliable and trustworthy? Being known as a person of your word will get you farther than almost anything else on the path to success. Trust me;)

Take responsibility. If you make a mistake the right thing to do is admit it. A person of integrity does even more; they try to fix it. Taking responsibility does not mean making excuses (see above paragraph). Just saying you are wrong may not be enough either. Take charge and do your best to make it right.

As promised, here are the previous posts in the Basic Ideas series. Look for Part 5 sometime in November.

Basic Ideas About Success - Honesty

Basic Ideas About Success Pt. 2 - Seek Advice Properly

Basic Ideas About Success Pt. 3 - Enthusiasm

2 Comments:

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Beauty Junkie said...

Hmm...taking responsibility seems to be so low on so many people's priority list, well done for highlighting it!

 
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