Doing what is right

There seems to be some confusion in some corners as to what is right and what is wrong. The truth is, with very very few exceptions, we all know what the right thing is to do and what the right answer is. When money and people are involved, there are some who act like they don’t know what the right answer is, but they do.  

I sell hotels and over the years, I have had buyers and sellers offer me everything from money under the table to free cars if I would help them get a deal. I am proud to say that I have not only never taken the bait, but that I have never even been tempted to. There is a hotel broker that I knew well years ago who chose to take side deals, kickbacks, and money under the table. Today that same person is serving a prison sentence and has lost everything he had and once believed in.

Here is the thing, in life, whatever you compromise to keep, you always seem to lose. I believe that once you step over certain lines you never really get it back. There are certain things in your life that you must do before you can truly enjoy the rest of your life. I believe knowing in your heart that you were honest, is one of those things. Oh, sure there are some scoundrels that never get caught and live to an old age but the real question no one will ever know is, did they really have peace and joy.

My mentor Harmon Born passed away a couple of years ago and he always told me that the key to restful sleep, peace and joy is to do what is right even if no one is watching. I think those are pretty good words to live by. KT

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