Why Not?

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Summary of Main Ideas

If you knew that you could have your dream job, but in order to get it, you would have to tell a white lie, would you do it?


Most of us would want to instinctively say no, but if we are really honest with ourselves, a lot of us would have to think about it.

Maybe it depends on what the lie is? Maybe we could just put a positive spin on it so that it’s technically not a lie?


Success is not possible without integrity. You can win and not be successful. You can be undefeated and still be unsuccessful.


Someone once asked President Jimmy Carter in an interview, “have you always given your best at everything you do?” It would’ve been very easy for him to quickly answer, “absolutely.”


But he remembered his core values. “I will not lie cheat or steal, or tolerate among me anyone who does.” So he told he interviewer no, he had not always given his best at everything he’d done.

This is why my third core value is integrity.

“My character is ironclad. I have ethical standards and make no compromises on them. I’ve promised myself and my family to live openly and transparently without spots or blemishes on my character. I am a strong=hearted man grounded in what i believe and stand by what is true and right. I am who i say I am.”


Now, I will be the first to admit that I fall short of that standard every single day, but because of who I want to become, when I ask myself “did I live up to my integrity today?” I’m okay admitting that I failed that day.


Because of what comes next.


Because next, I get to ask myself, “Why not? What stood in my way today, and how can I do better tomorrow?”


So ask yourself tonight, “Did I live congruently with my core values today? Did I give my best in everything I did today?”


If the answer is no, ask the question “why not?”


"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office."

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“I will not lie, cheat, or steal. Nor will I tolerate among me anyone who does.” Jimmy Carter

Reflection Questions

  1. What can you do tomorrow to correct the shortcomings of today?

  2. If someone were to ask you, “Did you give your best to everything you did today?” could you honestly say yes?

  3. What white lies are you telling to get yourself ahead in life, and how can you correct those?

  4. What would it look like to live according to your core values?