Integrity in Business

Hi Integrity has always been a high level value for me in all areas of my life. I have always tried to do the right thing and feel it keenly if I sense that others have different values.

When I joined the Network Marketing industry in 2001 my greatest fear was that I would discover that I had surrounded myself with people whose values didn’t match my own and that I would be embarrassed by others actions. I had read and heard rumours of this relatively new industry and whilst I liked the idea of helping myself by helping others I wasn’t naive enough to think that the principle couldn’t be skewed by self interested people.

Of course, no industry is perfect, and I would say that in my years in the industry I have come across some self centred rogues (though I might add, I met at least the same proportion in my previous world, the fashion industry!) Yes, I have seen some toe curling claims being made over the years and sad to say some individuals that were probably never right for our industry have been encouraged to join by an unscrupulous business owner looking for the quick volume that will give them a great prize or bonus. So sad.

There is a saying that still gets bandied about in our industry, ‘Are you prepared to do whatever it takes’. To be honest, no I won’t do whatever it takes, for me that over-steps the lines of integrity for me, it suggests that any action is okay. I don’t believe that is true.

I do believe however, that operating with integrity, knowing what is the right thing to do for you and those around you, is at the core of a great network marketing organisation. The most successful business owners that I have seen over the years are those that think about the impact of their actions on others and seek to have a positive influence on others wealth and wellbeing, be it team members or customers.

So if you are looking at our industry and wondering as I did all those years ago if it is something you would feel comfortable in being associated with I say ‘take a good look at the business that is being promoted to you, take an even closer look at the methods and attitudes of the person showing you the business and if after close inspection you feel that you could get happily involved, then go ahead with enthusiasm and confidence. Enjoy your very own rocket ride!’

 

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