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UN COMMON MANHOODSECRETS TO WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MAN
By TONY DUNGY NATHAN WHITAKER
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2012 Tony Dungy
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What are the values that guide the decisions you make? Is the fact that you are moving up more important to you than the way you move up? Does it matter if you follow the rules or break them, just as long as you come out on top? Are you someone who says, "Since everyone is doing it, if I want to have a legitimate chance to compete, I have to do it too"?
I realize this is not necessarily the common approach today, but what you do is not as important as how you do it. Those are the words that keep coming back to me when I am tempted to choose what is expedient over what is right. People who bend the rules to get ahead usually get caught in the long run ... and always know how they made it to the top as frauds.
The other problem is that, at some point, somebody who does care how the game is played—a boss, a board of directors—may find out. For me as an employer, how you do your job has always been more important than what you do. Can you be counted on to do things the right way, or will you cut corners and hope it turns out all right? Your character will determine the answer.
Character begins with the little things in life. We must show that we can be trusted with each and every thing, no matter how trivial it may seem. Over time, we create ourselves and build our character through the little acts we do.
Character is tested, revealed, and further developed by the decisions we make in the most challenging times. We have to know what is right, and we have to choose to do it. That is how character is developed—by facing those decisions and choosing the right way over and over until it becomes second nature. It's just how you do things.
Outwardly, character reflects an inner life committed to honor and uncompromising integrity.
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