How often have you heard someone make a statement like, “I will succeed at any cost”? While there is nothing wrong with such a declaration as it is designed to empower, it has however, been misinterpreted by others to justify doing immoral things, all in the name of achieving success. It is the intention of this article to remind aspiring and existing entrepreneurs that the process of pursuing success is just as important as succeeding.
If you allow the desire to achieve success cause you to fulfill your dream by bad-mouthing others, walking over dead bodies, it becomes bad success.
If you achieve success by mistreating, backstabbing, violating other people’s rights and doing whatever is necessary to achieve your goals even if it hurts others, then such success becomes meaningless and selfish.
If, on the other hand, you choose to assist others as you rise to the top, and you determine within your heart to treat people kindly and with The Golden Rule in mind at all times, then you will not have to focus on success, it will simply come to you. History shows us clearly that helping others succeed is one of the best ways to attain your own success and increase the level of positivity in the world. Giving back to your Community, sharing your methods with others who can also benefit, and lifting up the spirit of the down-trodden are more the measure of success than money ever could be.
If you want to achieve good success without regret, you must elect to be a business person of honesty and integrity.The word integrity implies completeness,wholeness,and being able to make a promise and keeping it. It is important to maintain your integrity in all your dealings at all times. An entrepreneur of integrity does not wear a mask, but strives to be fair, genuine and treats all with the same respect and courtesy. As an entreprenuer myself, I am forever mindful to never let my burning desire to become successful blind me to what is morally right and honourable.
However, being a business person of integrity is easier said than done, but it will make you stand out above the rest. You will build character that will surely help you achieve lasting success in life, and its a beautiful thing.
I like what Clarence E. Hodges had to say about the role of integrity in success, “Your integrity will affect your destiny. Don’t leave home without it.”
Let me conclude by quoting from the Holy Book, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold”. Proverbs 22:1
All the best!