Recently, a compelling speaker talked about a decision he made.
The man has written a book on the topic of leadership, soon to be published. As fortune would have it, a friend of this author was associated with one of the most powerful and recognizable businessmen in the world, and the same well-connected pal offered to put the author’s manuscript in the hands of the all-powerful mogul. With an enthusiastic endorsement from a business-savvy billionaire familiar to all on the planet, the book would be an instant success!
The author felt truly blessed by this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity—until he told the news to his wife. Instead of sharing his elation, she wanted to know why her husband, a man of high integrity, would desire a book jacket quote from another who, though applauded for his wealth, was not admired as an honorable person.
As thousands—maybe millions—of potential book sales vanished in his stark moment of clarity, the author made the only decision he could: He declined the billionaire’s endorsement.
Most would say that the author faced a difficult choice. Plenty would contend that his move was an act of insanity.
What do you say?
Have you been enticed by something sweet for your ego or bank account, yet you knew it was rotten for your soul?
Did you justify reasons to take advantage of the opportunity, or did you stick to your values?
Sallie Wolper Boyles