“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” Warren Buffett said in a statement. My question is, why does Warren Buffett, the world’s number three richest business magnate emphasized ‘integrity’ is the most important trait?
Ingenuity and full of energy is the fuel for limitless creativity. I believe this trait is strongly represented in the new generation. These people are fuelled with passion, they’re fast-learners, and they absorb information like sponges. In fact, they’re the generation dubbed ‘tireless thinkers.’ They think before they act. I am confident to say that these two qualities help spearhead the person to succeed in life and the workplace.
“Success comes and goes, but honestly lasts forever.” This means those who possess intelligence may always succeed, but they won’t last long without honesty. According to Warren Buffett, you need honesty to prosper in life.
Honesty means to do always do the right thing in every given situation regardless if you’re going to benefit from it or not. It takes courage to build it. To build and maintain your honesty, you start at the core; your personality. Next, work on it and always opt to do the right thing, even if you’re faced with an immoral shortcut. Be true to yourself and choose honesty. Ultimately, you succeeded in building trust in yourself. However, as quickly as trust is built, it can be broken. Keep in mind the moment you become dishonest with yourself or to somebody else, everything you’ve worked for will come crashing down.
Let’s look at the examples below about dishonesty:
- A salesman exaggerates about their product to encourage sales and commissions. They know their product isn’t up to par, but continually lies to consumers.
- A CEO gushes about their ability to generate multi-million-dollar profits although that’s not true. He lies because he doesn’t want to be replaced in the Board of Directors due to poor sales.
- A businessman boasts and lies about the quality of their product to lure in unsuspecting investors to invest more in them.
- An office worker brags about their capabilities to do all types of work, however, they can’t.
Unfortunately, dishonesty is a norm in our society where people assume it’s acceptable to use in any situation. Nevertheless, let’s not forget karma will always rear its ugly head sooner than later.
This is what happens when karma strikes:
- The salesman who claims their product is good can no longer achieve desirable sales numbers, lose clientele, and ultimately, their reputation forever tarnished.
- The CEO is a fraud. People will realize all the things he did are not transparent and sooner or later, he will be kicked out by the Board of Directors.
- The person who loves to brag about their capabilities will end up miserable at the realization they can’t do assigned jobs. Plus, their work will be filled with mistakes.
- It goes to show the moment you use dishonesty to deceive others, bad things will come back to haunt you. Think of it like a chain; everything is connected. Once you start to boast or lie, karma will rear its ugly head and you can’t do anything about it. The takeaway lesson here is to always be honest with you and everyone around you.
Be honest has its perks; office workers will be happy, salespeople will have a pool of clientele, and businessmen are trustworthy and attractive to both investors and consumers. On the plus side, their reputation will spread, thanks to word of mouth, attracting customers from far and wide.
In conclusion, we live in a fast-paced world where “Integrity is Forever and Long-Lasting”; that’s something to live by especially when you’re honest.