Last Friday, June 29th, the sale of DOYLES was finalized, and I for the first time in a long time, am now an employee and not an employer. The transaction had mechanical challenges that I have experienced in previous deals, but this one was very different. I was very emotional throughout the process and took everything personal. Family legacy, personal promises, insecurity, and fear of the unknown all weighed heavy on my heart. I kept having reminding myself to stay humble and calm, and it was never easy. Ultimately, it has all worked out, and I’m beginning to feel relieved. Most of all, I am grateful.
Been a tough couple of years, but starting to realize that what “they” say is true…”what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” Life throws some big 12 to 6 curve balls, and they’re hard to hit, even if you know they’re coming. Good news is, I was always a good fastball hitter, and I know I’ll get a few of those now and again, and the next one I see, I’m taking for a ride.
While attending the Inc. 5000 conference last year, Tom Peters, the self-proclaimed guru on entrepreneurship said that if you’re not blogging, you’re an idiot. Ok, perhaps I’m paraphrasing a bit, but in essence his point was that blogging isn’t about having someone or anyone for that matter read what you blog about, but more importantly its about capturing and developing your thoughts. So for the last several months, I’ve been thinking about whether or not I should join the millions of other bloggers out there, what I would blog about, and whether or not it was something I could commit to.
After much deliberation, research, and anticipation, I have made the resolution that I am officially a blogger as of today. I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into, and I making no commitments to the frequency of my blogs, but then again, isn’t that my prerogative.
It’s amazing to me how loosely people use the word integrity, especially in business. I would like to think of myself as one who operates with a great deal of integrity. However, there have been times when my integrity has been compromised. Of those times, it always had to do with personal gain. So the question of course is whether or not you lack integrity if you’ve ever compromised it. If that’s the case, then I guess I’m a person who lacks integrity, however if it is possible for one to reclaim their integrity by taking responsibility and owning up to their indiscretion, then there is hope for me.
I want to be known as a person of integrity. One who always “does the right thing” as a friend of mine always says. I want to inspire others to do the right thing, even when no one is looking. There’s a certain amount of pride that comes from knowing you did the right thing, even if it’s only you who knows.