American businessman Henry Kravis stated “If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing. You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.”

These words cannot be truer. Integrity is a vital part of all aspects of life. Lacking integrity results in very serious real world consequences, most of which are completely avoidable by being an upstanding person. More than just the stereotypical sleeze-ball standing on the corner selling stolen watches, people that lack integrity can be ones that we interact with every day.

While in school, it can be obvious what is right and wrong. Cheating on exams, copying someone else’s homework and plagiarizing papers are all obvious, but integrity runs much deeper. Gossip is fun for some, but breeching the trust of a friend is some shady business. Being cliquey and judging others aren’t honorable. I hate to burst your bubble, but if you’re doing things strictly for praise, you’re doing them for the wrong reason. I get so frustrated when I see students only do things so they “look good.” Live a transparent life, being a good person on the inside and the outside!

Cheating on your significant other is one of the most well known ways to break hearts and be targeted as untrustworthy. But what happens when you don’t tell that person? While you may think that no one knows about your indiscretion, keep in mind that a tango takes two and the other person might not have such sealed lips. Other people may find out and then it can get back to your partner, resulting in even more damage. Coming clean can help repair a relationship, but it’s better to not involve yourself in such activity at all. If you’re not emotionally ready to be involved with one person, then hold off. Keep on your own timeline and don’t get involved with someone just because your friends are all involved with people. Seriously. So many great people become a victim of a cheating partner, go on to hurt others because of the lingering pain and the vicious cycle continues. Let’s put a stop to it. Come clean. Don’t act like nothing happened or like you’ve done nothing wrong.

Whether at school or home, keep in mind how you would want others to treat you. Putting on a face for the world that doesn’t match how you truly act doesn’t mean you have integrity. Be the person you want to see in the mirror. You’ll live a much happier life.

3 Responses

  1. Kay Says:

    Love this

  2. Toni Says:

    This is such a great conversation starter-how often do we really talk about what it takes to be an “ethical person” outside of the realm of the rules of class or team sports. We know instinctively that cheating on a significant other is wrong but once it’s done-then what? It’s too late to have this conversation!

  3. Jesse Says:

    Great quote and read that anyone could relate to!

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