“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success does not count unless you earn it fair and square.” ~ Michelle Obama
In 2002 MIT’s Robert Feldman showed that on average in the space of just a 10-minute conversation we tell two or three lies. Studies give varying results but all show that humans basically lie a lot.
Clearly, there are different sort of lie, some small and insignificant and some enormous and outrageous. But a lie is still a lie, even if we justify it as a well-intentioned ‘white’ lie.
Sometimes it seems as if we are becoming desensitized to other people’s lack of integrity. Every week the media is full of stories of well-known personalities who have lied or cheated in some way. It’s enough to make you wonder if lying and cheating might actually be a shortcut to success. This could take many forms:
- You could lie about your qualifications and work experience on your CV.
- You could pass off other people’s ideas and work as your own.
- You could pretend that you love someone to marry into wealth.
- You could create fake salary paparwork when applying for a bank loan.
A lot of people are happy to live with lies like this, saying they’re only small or a smart way to cheat the system. Do or say whatever you want but, if you go down this track, your success with be fake. Your wins will be meaningless. Success without integrity is like building a house without foundations. At some point it will crack and the building will subside.
Success without integrity is like building a house without foundations.
Extracted from the book written by Nigel Cumberland:
100 Things Successful People Do