It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Chapter 9, Page 18, Book 19

Rather fail with honor than to succeed by fraud.


September 18th - no cheating

If honor were profitable, every one would be honorable.

Thomas More

Fraud seems to be rampart these days, there is always some kind of scam going on that is out to get you.  We can hardly know who to trust these days. An honorable man is hard to find.

Worda and actions are powerful. When you say you’ll do something and others expect you to do it or you may develop a reputation for not following though on commitments and letting people down.  Not honoring your word enough times can have people running in the other direction when they see you coming.

Everyone knows someone who claims to be honorable but doesn’t follow through.  These are the ones who make promises but quickly forget about them or change direction sas soon as they get what they want.  They say they’ll call but don’t and forget for whatever reason.They agree to meet, but don’t show up, or offer to help but when the time comes they are nowhere to be found.

Honoring your word is more that simply doing what you say or you do because your actions actually say more than words ever will.    When others know they can rely on you,  people are more willing to trust you with keeping your word.  Honrable people can be trusted in every way. and it’s important to maintain that trust by not sharing their information with others.  

Honrable people are respected.  Friends hold you in high regard and coworkers conciser you an example of someone who should be valued. Anyone who consistantly acts in a dishonorable manner eventually loses personal pride.

If you want to be honorable you should always be authentic and don’t try to hide behind pride or a facade that you can’t live up to. Follow through and if you say you are going to do something, do it.Be honest but not mean.  Tell the truth, but don’t say something hurtful if it isn’t necessary.   

Everyone has flaws, but we should work improving our own not calling out people on theirs.  If someone does something embarrassing resist the urge to say somthing hurtful, not matter how clever it sounds.  People may laugh because it’s funny at the moment, but after they think about it, they’ll think less of you.

Honor is something that takes a little effort, but has big rewards.  Being honorable will benefit you at home, with friends, and in business.

A man’s word is his honor.

Old Proverb


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Honesty is always the best policy.

jack69 said...

I was raised with the standard: A man's word is his bond and a handshake seals the deal.
We financed our building business on handshakes. My attorney was shocked when I told him the source of our base financing. "Where is the paperwork?"
There is none I replied, other than a slip of paper in my safe telling my wife who we owe should I die. "YOU CAN'T TO THAT!" HE nearly yelled, "You must have a paper trail!" So in a few years I started financing thru banks. LOL
I was surprised when he said he had never heard of such a thing.
I can understand that today.
Good entry, and as usual 'spot on.'
Love from NC
Sherry & jack

betty said...

So true that there are a lot of scams out there. Just got a new one of the phone yesterday with someone wanting to refund me a deposit I supposedly had made with them, LOL. Sad thing is some people get caught in those scams and that's why the scammers keep doing it. So true to be honorable and to keep one's word. Trying to deal with someone to take care of some yard work and it is hard to find people that will actually show up to do it when they are advertising for work. I find that funny in a way.


Mevely317 said...

I truly want to believe in my fellow man/woman. Nevertheless, I'm disappointed more often than not. Aside from our own children/grandchildren (*smile*), I fear there's a LOT of young people who don't share the same set of values. A lady I know in Florida is at her wit's end, trying to staff their Franchise. She laments (for instance) having scheduled 5 interviews and ONE might show up. The others, no-call, no-show. Makes me sure glad I'm not a small-business owner/operator!

Chatty Crone said...

It amazes me how much time and brilliance is wasted on scams - when I am sure they could use it for something more worthwhile.

Rick Watson said...

This is a great one. No cheating. Cheating to me is like stealing. If I try my best but still don't win, I can live with knowing I gave it my best shot. Cheating would be a hollow victory.