• Gregory Z. Smith

Integrity is the seed for achievement. It is the principle that never fails.

Updated: Mar 11, 2019

Earl Nightingale

We hear some things over and over: do what you love, be yourself, always do what you believe is right. Essentially, the message is "have integrity." For me, integrity is quite simply so essential and necessary it rarely has to be mentioned or even thought about.

So, the "I" in "LIVE Las Cruces!" is for "integrity." It is about showing up for meetings, ribbon cuttings, and other events because I see showing up as part of the job I want to do, more than as something I "should" do even if I don't want to. It's about being honest always, but tempering that honesty with compassion or diplomacy when necessary. It's about considering others the same way I consider myself, which is not always easy to do.

Integrity is about an internal conversation that is rarely very complicated:

* Do all benefit?

* Am I comfortable doing this?

* Does it help us get where we want to go?

* Have I looked at and considered all of the available information?

One of my favorite quotes of all time is this one by Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet, "to thine own self be true." That is the starting place for then being honest, having integrity with all others.

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