Recently, “Fast Company” magazine asked the question: “When should you walk away from a job, people, project or opportunity?” Without hestitation, I confidently answered: “You should always walk away from any situation — business or personal — when your core values are being compromised.
In today’s economy, it is easy to overlook breaches of your personal integrity out of fear. No one wants to lose business or their job or even miss an opportunity. However, what might seem as a minor infraction at the time — something which you think you can overlook — typically escalates into a major disaster at some point. (Think Bernie Madoff) And when you compromise once, you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’lll have to do it time and time again in order to survive in the environment you’ve allowed yourself to tolderate.
As a result these infractions will take their toll. Your stress level increases and your work product decreases. Many people get despressed and lose their self-image.
Stop before it’s too late. When you compromise, you close yourself off from positive opportunities. I know. I have been there more than once. It isn’t easy to stand up for what you believe in and walk away. But if you don’t, when the right opportunity comes along you won’t see it because you’ll be struggling with the negative path you’ve chosen.
Values and integrity are the keys to success in 2010. Share your stories with me.