Good teammates pull their weight.
Great ones hold you accountable and lift you up so you can pull your own.
Thanks for not leaving me behind, and where you found me.
The bottom line when it comes to integrity is that it allows others to trust you. And without trust, you have nothing. Trust is the single most important factor in personal and professional relationships. It is the glue that holds people together. And it is the key to becoming a person of influence.
At one time you could assume that others would trust you until you gave them a reason not to. But today with most people, you must prove your trustworthiness first. That’s what makes integrity so important if you want to become a person of influence. Trust comes from others only when you exemplify solid character.
It has been said that you don’t really know people until you have observed them when they interact with a child, when the car has a flat tire, when the boss is away, and when they think no one will ever know. But people with integrity never have to worry about that. No matter where they are, who they are with, or what kind of situation they find themselves in, they are consistent and live by their principles.
—Becoming a Person of Influence
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
- Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”
- “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.”
Thomas J. Watson
Leaders Leading Leaders
THE PRICE OF COMMITMENT
Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.
2 CHRONICLES 31:20–21
The Bible describes King Hezekiah as a leader who “did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began . . . he did it with all his heart.” Hezekiah paid the price to get the job done. But what is the price of commitment?
1. Change of lifestyle—Hezekiah couldn’t live the way his father lived.
2. Loneliness—Hezekiah stepped out in obedience, alone at first.
3. Faith in God—Hezekiah believed that God would bless his efforts.
4. Criticism—Hezekiah weathered the harsh questions of an older generation.
5. Hard work and money—The king gave up time, energy, and budget to reach his goal.
6. Daily discipline—Hezekiah had to instill a daily regimen to bring about reform.
7. Constant pressure—The king endured the pressure of potential failure and misunderstanding.