“In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you.” - Warren Buffet Last week as I stood in line at Target I chatted with a woman who was shopping with a daughter the same age as mine. After a few minutes she asked where I worked and without thinking I answered, “A Shark Tank.” We laughed and continued our conversation about snacks, short shorts and the long lines that seem to plague all California retailers.
I’ve only been in my new job for 6 months and while I’m enjoying the change of scenery, the change of pace and the new challenges my job has presented; this office has already left a bad taste in my mouth. One of my first observations when I got here was that everyone was smart and ambitious, just like me. However, there is a trait missing amongst some of my colleagues – integrity.
Trust and integrity take years to build; projects completed on time, fair prices and billing, promotions for those that work for you. All it takes is one lie, one bad choice to destroy it all. Having an “end justifies the means” mentality may get you the result you need in the moment but it could also be beginning of the end.
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9 (English Standard Version)
I see some of these people rewarded and I know who they have stepped on and over to get their results. As much as I would love my share of the limelight I know that it’s a path I cannot choose. When I first decided to take this job I’ll admit I was enticed by possibilities of promotions, new titles and more money. I will always strive for more, to be better, to grow – it’s who I am, but it’s the path we choose that sets us apart.
“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.” Proverbs 28:6 (English Standard Version)
It may take me longer to get where I want to be, but I have faith that things will happen as they should; and I can’t put a price tag on the example I set for my daughter. At the young age of five, she sees, hears and absorbs everything. When she is an adult I hope she can be proud of the decisions I’ve made and understand why I made them.
“The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!” Proverbs 20.7 (English Standard Version)
Stoplight Prayer: Father in Heaven, Thank you for making me who I am and giving me direction and correction. Help me to be a woman of integrity, a woman who lives her life in private the way she lives in public.