“Do what is right, let the consequence follow.” That quote is a quote that was on my office every day while I ran my company MediConnect Global. That quote means a great deal to me because it is by living by that quote that I attribute the successes that have happened in my life.
Tonight I was honored as BYU’s Wheatley Institution 2020 Distinguished Ethics Speaker where I spoke about why integrity and ethics mean so much to me. I shared stories from my childhood that taught me a foundation of integrity and I shared stories from my business where I had to stand strong in the face of adversity. I shared that doing the right thing isn’t always easy, in fact, it’s often downright hard and sometimes painful…but right is right and integrity means having the courage to do what’s right at all times and in all places.
I wish I knew how to express the depth to which I believe in the power of Integrity. Your reputation of honesty and integrity is worth its weight in gold in all of your business relations, your human relations, and your relationship with God (or whatever higher power you believe in). There will be so many opportunities in life to take shortcuts or do the wrong things or even to justify bad behavior in reaction to someone else’s bad behavior – DON’T EVER FALL FOR ANY OF THAT! It will never be worth it.
There will be times when doing the wrong thing will be easier and it will appear to guarantee the outcome you want – that will always be a temptation – but when it’s all said and done doing the wrong thing will never bring lasting happiness…it just won’t. So when times are tough and you are struggling, just remember to think:
“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.” ~Chester W. Nimitz
It’s not always easy to have the courage to do the right thing no matter what. Sometimes when you do the right thing it has consequences that hurt you or others, but it is still the right thing to do. And when you do what is right things will always work out in the end. Maybe they won’t work out as fast as you’d like, and maybe they won’t work out in the way you’d think, but in the end, they will work out. So if you have done the right thing and it hasn’t worked out yet just know it’s not the end…
If you can live your life in a such a way that when each day comes to a close you can look in the mirror and know, or you can kneel down to say your prayers and say, “Today I did the right thing” you will have confidence and be blessed with inner peace.
Blessings come from living a life of integrity.
~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )