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100DC Day 17: Do the Right Thing

100 Day Challenge: Do the Right ThingOf all the lessons in the 100 Day Challenge, this is one of my favorites — and one of the most surprising. It’s a rare thing in today’s culture to promote ethics. But this lesson does it powerfully. It is jam-packed with profound insights.

Over the past couple of decades, I’ve researched ethics and community. Here are my favorite books on the subject:

Not only is the topic or morality an ethics rarely discussed in the public square (remember, never discuss religion or politics!), defining what’s right and wrong is a never ending battle of semantics. Apparently no one has any right to claim truth on anything.

Personally, I actually really truly believe that most things are fairly black and white. I don’t say that from some angle of utter naiveté. Rather, from practical experience. Most real moral dilemmas occur because there are competing good alternatives or multiple bad choices. And our communities and countries will never heal unless/until we collectively decide that we are willing to commit to a common value set.

In contrast, the 100 Day Challenge, makes not bones about right and wrong. Gary Ryan Blair, in no uncertain terms, claims that true success in life can only come about along with increased integrity. And he clearly defines that integrity.

What works is not necessarily what is right, even when you can get away with less, even when the wrong things seems like no big deal, even when no one is watching.

Imagine a world filled with residents who had internalized these truths! The benefit would be mind-boggling.

Instead, there are large and ever-growing numbers of people who’ve decided to game the system. They’ve decided to thrive at the expense of others by taking advantage of the goodness and honesty of the general populace. And it works for a while. Until the scales tip in favor of the dishonest, the thieves, the takers. When they outnumber the good, the decent, the contributors, the advantage is gone and the world is dangerous and chaotic.

In your quest to live your ideal life, remember these bits of advice.

It is far easier to do right than it is undo wrong.

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Sweat the small stuff, as character is revealed in the smallest of actions.

In this new year, it’s exciting to consider the impact of implementing these ideas!

Join me in the 100 Day Challenge!

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  • Morales January 20, 2013, 6:43 pm

    I just got the Is Lying Sometimes the Right Thing book you mentioned above. All I can say is thank you for the recommendation. I have never thought deeply about honesty and, in fact, I thought I knew what it was.

    Everyone should read that book. Especially those in business.

  • Alison Moore Smith January 21, 2013, 1:18 am

    I’m so glad you got the book and that you appreciate it. I’ve had it for years and refer to it all the time. Profound!
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