Integrity and Success: Two Peas in a Pod
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Bob Marley
Zig Ziglar says integrity alone will not make you a leader, but without it you will never be one. Respect and love are two things no successful leader is without. Both of these things, along with any other true success, stems from integrity.
What exactly is integrity? The official definition is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles” but I would go further than that. It is acting in line with your true purpose always, keeping others at front of mind and acting with honour and empathy. As Oprah says – doing the right thing when no-one is watching and when no-one will know you didn’t.
While some will correlate success with money, many of us realise that is not always the case. This can be seen in many stereotypes of a ‘wealthy’ person – many perceive them to be sneaky, unethical and have gained their fortune from either deceiving others or stabbing them in the back to get where they are. The whole idea that rich people have either inherited the fortune or done some pretty outrageous things to get it. In these cases – are these people truly successful? Hardly.
We are embarking on a new generation of what ‘success’ is. Yes, people want wealth and financial freedom but not the traditional competitive corporate way. Helping others, leaving the planet better than when you found it and sharing the achievement is now overtaking the need for individual accolades. No more is the cut-throat corporate world the only way to create wealth and be ‘successful’.
It is becoming more apparent the true value of your life and what you have achieved is in the respect and love you have amassed. Your ability to help and positively affect others close to you. Have you made a positive difference in the world?
It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, where you work or what your goals are in life – integrity is right at the basis of true and lasting success. To be respected as a distributor, business person, friend and colleague you must always keep your actions close to your integrity. If you allow your ego, greed, hunger for wealth and personal gain override your empathy, honour and true purpose, people will see right through you and no longer will you hold their esteem. It is in this sense of the word true success comes from integrity and without it, anything you ever do will be forever undermined.
Keep your word; do what you are say you’re going to do. Act out of a desire to help others rather than to fulfil your own needs. Always act in a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no-one would believe them. Stay true to your purpose. This is what creates true and lasting success.