It’s amazing how the crux of so many decisions is integrity. Hiring, firing, growing, training…you name it – integrity is the ultimate and essential key – 100% of the time. (Read: The Absolute Biggest Mistake in Hiring)
Integrity, however, is a term used broadly and interpreted in many ways. One of those words we use all the time, but have a hard time really defining.
This week, I had the pleasure of having breakfast with a dear friend of mine, and one of my favorite entrepreneurs, Dave Zumpano. He shared with me the most simple and most powerful story of integrity I’ve ever heard…
“When I was little, I stole a piece of Bazooka bubble gum from the store. Back then it cost a penny. I was bragging to my friends about taking the gum and my father overheard me. He asked me if I stole the gum. I said ‘yeah, but Dad c’mon it costs a penny’. My father replied, ‘you are going to go to the store, apologize and pay them. Your integrity costs more than a penny.’”
That’s integrity…and it costs you more than a penny when you sacrifice it. It costs you relationships, team, clients, and more importantly your joy and peace of mind. Anchor to your integrity as a compass to help you navigate every decision. And make integrity an absolute must for those you surround yourself with.
Champions of your continued success,
Molly and Laney