The nugget of the month for August is not a new piece of technology or podcast. No, this month I thought I’d write about a term that gets tossed around a lot…sprinkled on for flavor…but isn’t really an essential part of many people’s lives’ anymore.
It means many things. It means working hard for the right reasons. It means taking care of people, service. It means the golden rule. It basically means, Karma.
When I left a past employer to start out full time with Peppershock, a client of that past employer requested that Peppershock take over their account. They really liked me and the work I did for them. I politely refused, explaining that I wasn’t comfortable burning bridges. I also took into account the respect that I have for my past employer and the people that work there. At my going away party I was asked by the GM to stand and to be recognized for the integrity I showed in handling that situation. I still have a great relationship with and many friends in that organization because I acted with integrity.
Acting with integrity isn’t always about business either. It’s the way in which you handle yourself on a day to day basis. It’s about your thought process and decision making. Should I or should I not do this thing…will it benefit me but screw a bunch of people in the process? Will Karma be standing at my door, waiting?
And it’s not about doing the right thing out of fear of Karma. It’s about doing the right thing because you want to. Karma is just that “beware of dog” sign posted on the fence. Keep your distance and everthing will be fine.
I could go on and on forever…ranting and raving about how many people I encounter each day that don’t act with integrity. I guess my point for writing this was just to get whoever reads it to think about their actions. Think a bit more before you decide. Yes it may be more difficult, take you more time, benefit you a little less…but more than likely it will be the right thing to do.
Don’t steal, don’t be lazy, don’t cheat…cause Karma just called…she’ll be waiting at your door. One of these days…she’ll be there.
A little something to leave you with…
My best friend since I was 5 years old told me once, “Do what you say you’re gonna do.”
It’s been my motto…a great rule to live by.