As a businessman, I have learned that the one sure way to destroy what you are trying to build is to cut ethical corners. The real irony is that it is almost always the finger-snapping smart alecks, the know-it-alls, who end up getting entangled in their own cool schemes and easy-mark snares.
The fact is that successful businesspeople are almost always ethical, play-by-the-rules businesspeople. Oh, they will drive a hard bargain and skin you to the bone, but they’ll do it face-to-face; they’ll out-negotiate you and give you a good lesson in being a hard-nosed capitalist.
My point: Play tough; play fair; play to win. But remember that when you start cutting ethical corners, the only thing you’re really cutting is your own throat. — jri
“When I look at successful entrepreneurs,
I continually see that growth and integrity
go hand in hand.”
– Steven S. Little
(The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small
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