I’ve thought about writing about this issue for a long time. Months ago a friend asked me to write this, but I’ve put it off till now. Now seems right.
Bobby Petrino is a GREAT offensive mind. Top notch talent.
Sean Payton might even be a better offensive guru than Petrino. Super Bowl winner.
Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers of all time. Irreplaceable talent.
Bruce Pearl is a motivational machine. Awesome coach. Lots of talent.
Herman Cain was a dynamic speaker. Lots of talent in the business and political world.
Amy Winehouse had such a unique voice. A talent so different.
When I mentioned them did you think of their talent? Did you think of how exceptional they were at their jobs?
There is a lot to learn from each one of these cases, but one principle stands out:
Be careful that your talent doesn’t take your further than your INTEGRITY can sustain you.
Talented people can get offered jobs that they aren’t ready for from an integrity stand point. You might win 11 football games, but if you can’t prevent an affair, wreck, and cover up those wins won’t matter. You might dominate golf for a decade, but that won’t matter when you have countless affairs that wreck your life. You could be a viable presidential candidate, but you will be the laughing stock of the nation if you have major character issues.
Honestly, it would be better for you to take a lesser position without all of the power and money and keep your integrity and in many cases, your family. Wouldn’t you rather achieve less, but keep your family and name out of the news.
How do you prevent this? Evaluating your accountability. Putting in a a better system of checks and balances. Better software.
BUT at the end of the day it’s really up to you. You can get around all of the accountability, systems, and software. You can lie and cover up your sin for a long time.
You have to develop the integrity that it takes to do your job or you stand to lose it all.
I am reminded as I write this how valuable a good name is:
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth
Enjoy the talent God has given you, but protect it by having impeccable integrity.