Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Slow Integrity

Shortcuts are convenient, but taking the tough route always pays off.

Pete the Planner made a comment on Twitter this morning in reference to a blog he wrote.  “If I'm a realtor that blogged, I would write blog posts like the one I wrote today about housing. It would earn trust”  He said this in reference to a blog he wrote about 5 signs thatyou bought too much house…and what to do next.  My response to him was, “you'd have a great book of business but a slow ROI initially, but I'd use you.”  As a realtor I am sure your priority one is selling homes, not necessarily assuring the best interest of the buyers.  I’ve dealt with and am sure there are tons of realtors that have their clients best interest in mind, but I bet their road to success was a lot longer and difficult than the mega-sales brokers that had a heavy hand in the mortgage collapse.  To go ahead and give away my main point here, those short cuts people took during the hey-day of getting people into houses they couldn’t really afford cost a lot of people their jobs and careers.  Our realtor said that even though the market is tough now, it is easier because you are working with high character people because that fallout washed out all the shortcut takers.

“Only seeking challenges can we hope to find the best in ourselves.”

My father-in-law, Dr. Greg Sipes, has written several books, and I had the great fortune of helping him with one called, The Bottom Line.  One of the 6 (simple) principles he discusses is doing the hard thing.  He suggest that by choosing to do the tough things in life you will learn more and have much more to gain over taking short cuts.

Being successful through high character and integrity is a longer process and requires patience.  Shortcuts are just that, short cuts, they get you to a goal quicker however, the damage done in taking the path always catches up with you.  High quality requires hard work and is impeded by short cuts.  In life taking the longer roads and avoiding short cuts always leads to better success, although it always takes longer.  Try to imagine a paved path that leads you around a marsh.  Person A and Person B leave the same starting point with the same destination in mind.  A quickly cuts through the marsh, covers himself in mud, upsets the natural environment of animals laying there in peace, and arrives at the destination much faster than B.  B arrives by taking the paved path, the longer path, much later than A, but arrives clean and was able to enjoy the scenery along the way.  B stands there a mess with only the satisfaction that he arrived sooner, not that he arrived.  B is satisfied with arriving and doing so in the right way.  Maybe that is too fluffy and cute of a parallel to draw for you, but I think you can get my point. 

In owning a home I have gotten myself into several projects.  During these projects I am always a bit shocked and disappointed at the lack of quality I find when trying to improve on things, which makes my project and work much harder.  I always shake my head and just think to myself, “If only they would have done it right the first go around.”  Taking short cuts causes self-depreciation and pain on those that come behind you.

There are tons of examples you can draw from every day, however, the underlying principle remains true and timeless, don’t take short cuts, do things right, have integrity and the harvest will always follow through. Doing business with integrity is tough and it’s frustrating to see people taking short cuts flying by you, however, their shortcuts will hurt them in the process and you will stand the test of time.  As one who tries his hardest to live daily and work with integrity, I am challenged and often forget that it’s always right to do so because short cuts are never good.  Hopefully this can serve as a reminder to you as well, be patient and always live a high quality, high character, high integrity life, it will take longer but be better, always.

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