Integrity Isn't Hard

At the risk of sounding like one of those inspirational posters, I'm going to talk today about a decidedly non-technical subject: Integrity. There's nothing more important to me, and I think to a successful life and career, than doing what you say and saying what you do. I put integrity above many other traits, since I think the others flow directly from it. Integrity leads to respect, empathy, honesty, humility, diligence--the list could go on and on. It's also a scarce resource, since for some reason it eludes most people. This puzzles me, because it's really not that hard to do. If you're finding it difficult, remember these things:

  1. Be  on time
  2. Return people's calls and emails in a timely manner
  3. Follow through on promises, but have the courage to say no
  4. Lead by example
  5. Always do things that in hindsight will make you proud