From the book – Uncommon by Tony Dungy.
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom” – Thomas Jefferson
“The truth shall set ou free. No excuses, No explanations. Whether it’s doing something illegal or cheating on a test rather than actually learning the material, you may get the edge and experience a short-term “win,” but dishonesty will eventually catch up with you. It’s sometimes easier to do the wrong thing, but it’s always better to do the right thing. That’s integrity. The choice between what’s convinient and what’s right. The lingering effect is that this choice carries longer-term consequences than we realize at the time. Abraham Lincoln said, you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. It’s a burden and reputation you do not want. Integrity is what you do when no one is watching. Your reputation is the public perception of your integrity. Others determine your reputation, but only you determine your integrity. From the moment you are born, you and you alone determine where you will be a person of integrity. Integrity does not come in degrees, low medium, or high. You either have integrity or you do not. When it is all said and done, my reputation doesn’t matter. It’s important, but what others think of me is simply out of my control. What does matter, however, is what I think of me. My integrity. That is something I can control – by taking care of the little things, day in and day out. When no one is watching. Because I am, and God is.
By Tony Dungy.