How to Be True to Yourself
My grandparents believed you were either honest or you weren’t. There was no in between. They had a simple motto hanging on their living-room wall: “Life is like a field of newly fallen snow; where I choose to walk every step will show.” They didn’t have to talk about it – they demonstrated the motto by the way they lived.
They understood instinctively that integrity means having a personal standard of morality and ethics that does not sell out to expediency and that is not relative to the situation at hand. Integrity is an inner standard for judging your behavior. Unfortunately, integrity is in short supply today–and getting scarcer. But it is the real bottom line in every area of society. And it is something we must demand of ourselves.
他们本能地懂得, 诚实意味着有个人道德标准, 既不见利忘义, 也不趋炎附势. 诚实是评判举止的内在标准. 遗憾的是, 当今社会越练越缺少诚信, 而它却是社会每一个领域的真正底线, 也是我们对自己的必须要求.
A good test for this value is to look at what I call the Integrity Triad, which consists of three key principles:
检验这种价值, 要依据我所谓的”诚实三和弦”, 它包括三个主要原则：
1.Stand firmly for your convictions in the face of personal pressure. There’s a story told about a surgical nurse’s first day on the medical team at a well-known hospital. She was responsible for ensuring that all instruments and materials were accounted for during an abdominal operation. The nurse said to the surgeon, “You’ve only remove 11 sponges, and we sued 12. We need to find the last one. ”
”I removed them all,” the doctor declared. “We’ll close now.”
“我都取出来了,” 医生断言, “现在要缝合刀口了.”
”You can’t do that, sir,” objected the rookie nurse. “Think of the patient.” Smiling, the surgeon lifted his foot and showed the nurse the 12th sponge.
“您不能这样, 先生,” 新来的护士抗议道, “得想想病人,” 外科医生抬起脚，笑着给护士看第12块纱布。
”You’ll do just fine in this or any other hospital,” he told her. When you know you’re right, you can’t back down.
2.Always give others credit that is rightfully theirs. Don’t be afraid of those who might have a better idea or who might even be smarter than you are.
David Ogilvy, founder of the advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather, made this point clear of his newly appointed office head by sending each a Russian nesting doll with five progressively smaller figures inside. His message was contained in the smallest doll:
”If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, Ogilvy & Mather will become a company of giants.” And that is precisely that the company became one of the largest and most respected advertising organizations in the world.
3.Be honest and open about who you really are. People who lack genuine core values rely on external factors – their looks or status in order to feel good about themselves. Inevitably they will do everything they can to preserve this façade, but they will do every little to develop their inner value and personal growth.
真诚、坦率地展现真我风采，只有缺乏核心价值观的人才会依靠外界因素—-他们的外貌或地位 —- 使自我感觉良好。不可避免地，他们会掩饰内心，不去培养自己的核心价值，也不注重自我成长。
So be yourself. Don’t engage in a personal cover up of areas that are unpleasing in your life. When it’s tough, do it tough. In other words, face reality and be adult in your responses to life’s challenges.
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