Why Is Integrity Important?

As defined by Wikipedia, “Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.” 

Is that how people would describe you? If not, why not? Why not is an essential question because it has an enormous impact on your life and your future? 

You Are Being Judged

Today, people are always talking about judging someone. Judging how they look, act, speak, etc. What they are doing is evaluating you. After the superficial things that people look at, one of the things people want to know is, do you have integrity? Are you honest and trustworthy? When you say something, do you mean it, or are you just placating someone? Do you have a high moral standard? Are you sincere?

Trusting Is More Important Than Liking

Let’s get to the real reason integrity is so important. There will be many times in your life when trust will be a determining factor. Whether or not a person likes you is not nearly as important as do they trust you. Ask yourself these questions, and you will quickly realize the answer:

  1. All things equal, would I hire the person who has integrity or who lacks it?
  2. Do I want someone on my team that I can trust?
  3. Is a sincere and honest speaker more helpful than a loud and funny speaker who lacks integrity?
  4. Do you want someone to represent you with high moral standards or someone only interested in self-advancement?

Self Improvement Starts Here

If you want to be a better you, the best place to start is with integrity. When you trust yourself and are trustworthy, others will have confidence in you. The self-improvement I’m writing about is not physical. It’s character. Honesty, courtesy, and high moral standards are the most robust building blocks of family and humanity. 

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