30 Quotes in 30 Days – Day 8

“The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity”

– Zig Ziglar

Integrity definition: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

For me, integrity is such an important part of growth and maturity as we grow and develop and get older. My personal experience of living in the hood or ghetto or communities where people are often disadvantaged, there is not a whole lot of integrity. This is demonstrated by many things such as high crime rates, fear within communities and lack of trust outside your wider circle and the higher prices you pay for insurance compared to other areas.

Personally, i have over the past few years tried to live and model my behavior on my role model (if you haven’t got one, try and find one), President Obama. The reason he is my role model is because not only did he face challenges, setbacks, and difficulties getting to the White House, he flourished while he was there and his attitude and demeanor was often impeccable. Further, he appears to have a loving relationship with his wife and his 2 children which is so important and beautiful.

On the flip side, take Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton, leading up to the US election, i did not trust neither of them but if i had to choose either, i would have chosen Trump. Because he appears to have more integrity than Hilary, i didn’t trust her and that lack of trust caused me to think differently of her. And that is the thing with integrity, it is how you are received and welcomed into different groups and societies.

If we want to grow, we often have to break the shackles and move away from our former environments to new found pastures. Where i grew up, it was scary and dangerous. There was a high crime rate, it was home to one of the UK’s most notorious gangs and there was a lot of fear within the community. Whilst i was not involved in any antisocial behavior, coming from such environment, i was often labelled and stereotyped as my community had little if any integrity on the social ladder.

Integrity is everything. Being honest and open and having strong positive principles will enable you to build a firm foundation for you and your family. Within my home we have principles such as always tell the truth and be honest and love one another and respect one another in addition to many more. Ask yourself do you want to be labelled untrustworthy and having little morals? I know i don’t want to.

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