Integrity: Taking the Right Path

“Wisdom is knowing the right path. Integrity is taking it.” M.H. McKee
“Wisdom is knowing the right path.
Integrity is taking it.”
M.H. McKee

 

 

Many times people think integrity is doing what they said they were going to do no matter what.

A lot of times what it boils down to is doing the right thing even if admitting you were wrong before might be the right thing to do.

“Back in the day”, people used to think about what they were going to say before they actually said it. That was one of the things that characterized Shakespearean speeches. Flowery language was actually used and it was a creative process to speak to someone. Letter writing and book writing was a manual process. There were no quick deletes or spell checks. Making an error meant starting a new page.
Many times today we speak or text or email automatically without considering the impact of what we’re saying. Texting and emails and phone calls have the same problems. It’s very quick and easy to send or delete or change the communication with someone between phone calls and emails and texts. We need to take a moment to think things through before we commit to something. But more importantly, if we realize that what we have committed to is the wrong thing to do, or is based on inaccurate information, we need to talk to the people we committed to so we can get everybody on board to do the right thing.

When people are depending on us we need to go ahead and do what we are supposed to do and that, sometimes, is inconvenient. That’s one of the main points of integrity: Doing the right thing even when it’s uncomfortable, inconvenient or maybe even a little embarrassing.

A motto we always used when we were learning to scuba dive was stop, think, act. IBM was world-famous for its single word motto that appeared in all of its offices and that word was THINK.
Today we need to pause, to think, to take a breath before doing something, doing anything, before we do everything. But when you know it’s the right thing, do it.

Author: TKL-Bob1

With degrees in Biology and Economics, Bob represents a Business Oriented, Martial Arts perspective on life, a career based on a hunger for lifelong learning, and a passion for teaching. Prior to becoming a full time Martial Artist, Bob's corporate career included Production, Operations, Sales, Management, and Project Management for various companies. This included regional responsibilities for an international clientele, and reporting for businesses ranging from family owned to Mid Cap 400 companies. Bob's business experiences encompass the gamut of the business world. From beginning status with door to door book sales, to operating heavy equipment, to project production and then management of corporate presences in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. A 6th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, Bob is Owner and Chief Instructor of Dickson's Taekwondo in Acworth, Ga. Prior to that he managed and opened successful locations for his instructor. He then opened his own location with his wife Sharon, also a 5th degree Black Belt and Instructor, in 2003. Bob has also trained and earned Instructor status in Korean Sword Technique, Hanmudo, Grappling styles, Tactical Short Stick training, and Personal Safety Systems. He also regularly trains with fellow school owners, attends Continuing Education Seminars and Clinics with Masters, and participates in annual Black Belt training camps.

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