Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: February 23, 2015

Integrity

Everyone seems to have something to say about the Brian William’s debacle. I will hold my opinions and discuss the virtue of integrity rather than the person—what is right rather than who is right.

For definitions I usually go to Webster’s Unabridged and they define integrity as: “Moral soundness; honesty; freedom from corrupting influence or motive; — used especially with reference to the fulfillment of contracts, the discharge of agencies, trusts, and the like; uprightness; rectitude.”

Just imagine if everyone acted the way integrity is defined here. What kind of world we would have? Would we even have war?

Just imagine if we used our energy in this direction: “Moral soundness; honesty; freedom from corrupting influence or motive” rather than spending it on something that has occurred and is past. None of us are perfect but that is not the pursuit or the goal. The goal is to increase the amount of time we spend above the line, raising the bar and increasing the standard, not 100% of the time, just an increase. That’s all. Increase the tide to floats all boats.

And if one week you only increase your time spent raising the bar say three days a week? OK, that might be enough to change a piece of the world. The important thing is where you put your energy.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” Gandhi