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Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality Paperback – June 2, 2009
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From the Back Cover
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006084969X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060849696
- Dimensions : 0.68 x 5.31 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Harper Business; Reprint edition (June 2, 2009)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoyed the examples taken from business and the personal realm. I could relate to everything he said about the importance of having an integrated character and how, even though you may be a wonderful and nice person, there may be aspects of your character that hold you back in life. These character issues, as he calls them, really do hinder us as humans on so many levels and yet they can be so subtle! It takes a trained eye to see that it's an issue.
I thought the book was great also because it set the standard for what good character looks like. It's easy to brush things off and say they're not important, but he shows how every aspect of our character is important to work on because it can have huge consequences in our lives and, ultimately, we lose.
I will actually really enjoy reading another book on the same topic with examples only from the personal realm to see how our inability to face reality, our lack of trust, our ability to deal with negativity, and our orientation towards froth, transcendence and results would impact our relationships.
I couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend anyone read it who is interested in figuring out what good character really looks like and why we put up with less around us and, more importantly, in ourselves. The message I took away from it was: never stop trying to be the best version of yourself and don't leave any some unturned.
Focusing on integrity as a kind of courage is brilliant. It explains both the need for integrity, and gives a basic principles for practicing integrity that apply to everyone, no matter what kind of work or life a person may lead. His basic premise could be summed up by saying that if you don't face the real world, the real world will kick your rear.
This book had a profound impact on how I understood myself, the business world, politics, and several other aspects of my life. Importantly, it identified why otherwise intelligent, reasonable, and successful people can make incredibly bad decisions in certain circumstances. If you want to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again, Integrity is a great place to start.