HONESTY AND INTEGRITY IS A TEST

I we all battle with what is right in our eyes, the society and God. It’s always hard to make decisions especially with the current economic break down. But that not withstanding we have to make those decisions. I heard this and thought it might help.

A sales man was waiting to see the Purchasing Agent so he could submit his Company’s bid. While he was waiting, he couldn’t help but notice that his Competitor’s bid was sitting on the Purchasing Agent’s desk. Unfortunately, the actual figure for the Competitor’s bid was covered by a soda can.

 

He got to thinking: How could it hurt if he took just a quick look? No one would ever need to know. So he reached over integrity and lifted the soda can. But his heart sank as he watched thousands of beads pour out from the bottomless can and scatter across the desktop.

 

It was a test set up by the Purchasing Agent … and he failed it. Needless to say, he didn’t get that company’s business.

 

I read that story and wondered, would I have passed the same integrity test? The only time you know you can stand, is right when you are in the middle of the heat.

 

I can imagine maybe business is not good and you are depending on this deal to make ends meet. Would you take a small peep to see if your bid is lower than your competitor giving you a better chance to get the job?

 

God expects you and I to be honest in our dealings whether we are all alone or in the presence of witnesses. God is ready to bless the work of our hands but we have to be honest in our dealings for the blessing to flow.

 

Who are you when people are not watching? Will you stand by the truth even when it means you can lose? These are questions we have to answer every day and our actions reveal who we really are in our hearts.

 

May we find strength and conviction to stand by what we really believe in even when it means our lives are on the line like Daniel.

Proverbs 28:18

Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

 In all your dealings today stand for what is truth. It’s about being civilised. 

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THE CONMAN’S VICTIMS – TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CONNED

getmoneyyyLately, I have heard several cases of people being conned. It’s sad especially the amount of money involved in the whole process. However, in this article I’m not trying to be the perfect human made creature. We all are human beings with body mind and soul which makes us vulnerable to greed and a fast ending. This is an opinion of what I think is a common character to 9o% of the conmen victims. Plus I was a victim once or twice except that I try to convince myself that on the second ‘experience’ I was a guru of their tactic but unfortunately I tied myself around.

I often tell people I interact with that you should not  learn from your mistakes but from other people’s mistakes. On the other hand, sometimes learning from your own mistakes is far more helpful. You will be hurt and probably come out with a scare. But a scare is okey. In fact it’s the best reminder of the mistakes you did which will help you avoid further mistakes. If you ask any one who has been conned in the past, the experience is always not one that they would wish to remember.

As I was discussing about this topic with my dad, he pointed out that there is a common denominator to every conman’s victim; honesty and greed. It’s the bitter truth but that’s it. I might be wrong but you can look or ask around. The driving force is speed and not having to follow the long procedures.

In most dealings that people have been conned  huge amounts of monies exchanged hands; thousand, millions or even billions. The deal was soo good and you thought, why not? I will have huge returns within a short period of time. You never at one point considered the well know words, “ when the deal is good think twice”. But I understand, I’ve been there before.  But hold on there,  in the ideal world your bank account won’t grow in a flash nor will you get that huge tender in a split of a second. Things don’t just unfold without a drop of sweat. Wake up and smell the bitter truth.

The bottom-line is that the greed stimuli was flowing fast through your veins hence the above questions. We would all what to be rich in a split of a second. That’s natural. But how will that come by? We often search deep and shallow to have an answer to this question. And in the process we accept any ‘good’ deal that comes along.

Conmen exploit the trust, greed and fear of their victims. They know that they must have the trust of their victims, or they use false tactics to frighten their victims that if they do not agree to a certain deal, they are gonna lose heavily. They will often make sure that their fast deal with you goes on smoothly to the end.  With this experience and knowledge it is not surprising that there victims get greedier to graduate into bigger scheme.

So,  cut down the greed intake and you’ll live a healthy financial life free on court room attendance and enemies. It’s not easy especially with the economy and the demanding world. But would you rather loose alot to someone just cause you could wait?  Do your maths and make a choice.  Choices have consequences!

The more you sweat in practice the less you bleed in battle.