The importance of integrity

I was going through some of the feeds I follow on Google Reader, and I came across this article. My first reaction was,

“HOLY CRAP!”

Did Gil Meche really just give up $12 million that was guaranteed? Why would any sane person do that? Especially athletes, who generally have shorter careers than most due to physical wear and tear.

The more I read on though, the more I started to understand. Here is his quote:

“When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it. … Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it. I didn’t want to have those feelings again.”

While many may question his decision, even ridicule it, what Gil Meche was doing was displaying integrity.

So what does this have to do with small time investing? Quite a lot, if you give it some thought. Often in endeavors a person will be met with a choice to do something that is not considered honorable or goes against their moral principles. While it may make more money or make money faster, is it really worth your integrity? That is a choice you have to make with yourself and remain consistent. It is an all or nothing kind of thing, no going halfway.

I am currently in a situation which is testing my integrity. My competition is currently involved in something that I do not agree with. I have the same opportunity to partake in the same things to even the playing field, but wouldn’t doing that make me no better than them?

Not only that, I’m a believer of the phrase “You reap what you sow.” I fully believe that going against my integrity will eventually come back to me. (Is karma the word for it?)

Gil Meche knew in his heart that he didn’t earn what he was being paid. He felt his integrity was worth more than $12 million. I couldn’t agree more.

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2 Responses to “The importance of integrity”
  1. Bret Simmons says:

    Concur 100%. What goes around always, always comes around. Nice stuff. Bret

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