As a Soft Skills Trainer and Executive Coach, I believe that training would be starkly incomplete without touching upon the importance of Integrity in one’s life. It is the foremost value essential to success in all that we undertake. The essence of integrity is beautifully summed up in the quote by Don Galer, “Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.” All of us at some point in life would have come across individuals with unswerving integrity, from whom we feel inspired to act according to the code of ethics and conduct. Peter Scotese once said, and I quote, “Integrity is not a 90% thing, not a 95% thing; either you have it or you don’t.” It is better to be known doing right, rather than be known for having done something wrong. Always remember that you judge and rate yourselves by what you are capable of doing and achieving; but the world judges you by what you have already done. So it is a lot better to live an honest life with integrity. For starters, it would be useful to follow a thumb rule: the test of real character lies in what you would do if you would never be found out. Success comes more easily to the person who treads upon the path of righteousness and goodness. It gives a sense of peace and spreads good-will all around. It needs to be inculcated very consciously into one’s life. Whenever you are at crossroads and in doubt about how to proceed in a particular situation, think about the following 3 questions: 1. What do you say? 2. What do you do? 3. What do you say you do? If the answer to these 3 questions are all the same, then you are one giant step closer to the success you are aspiring to achieve.
“It was only with these values that my success has been realized.”
These were the words that Oscar winning music director (for the movie Slumdog Millionaire), A. R. Rahman said when he was conferred with Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU) honorary doctorate on Sunday, for his contribution to the field of art and music.
Rahman urged Indian youth to work toward building a “strong, harmonious India”. This is possible only when individuals work towards their goal with integrity and discipline. Who better than Rahman to give this advice – he lived his early years in abject poverty and see what he has achieved in his life today. He attributes this to his values of living a disciplined life, persistence in everything and respect for mankind.
What is stopping us from achieving the same success as Rahman has?
All of us can achieve what Rahman has achieved and more in our lives and careers. The foundation of our lives should be values of hard work, commitment and fearlessness to reach new horizons everyday. With diligence, it is possible to run the race of life with the torch still burning bright.
Let us aim at becoming stalwarts in our area of passion by strengthening our soft skills and technical expertise – let us be an example for future generations to emulate.
MMM Training Solutions congratulates A. R. Rahman for his achievements and his contributions to humanity by being the drop of oil that helps the lamp of humanity remain burning bright.