Insights From A Found Book

    I live in an amazing neighborhood to say the very least. In the four or so years that I have lived here I have found about 150 books on the street. The people in this community have a common practice of leaving things on their front stoop or even near the curb so that someone who needs or wants it will take it. I can't verbalize properly how happy this makes me. I have found books on everything from music to childbirth, art, and the list goes on. It is so rewarding to receive a book that you really love in this fashion. 
    Yesterday, on the way to have a little lunch nearby, I found yet another amazing book. The great thing is that it seemed to come at a wonderful time as well. I find that this is always the case, wouldn't you agree? We get what we need instead of what we desire....
    The book is called "There's No Such Thing As Business Ethics", by John C. Maxwell." What was magic about this? I was just having a conversation about my personal ethics with myself the day before. It was  a brief conversation, however, it happened either way. I read almost half of this little book in one sitting. Here are some gems that I walked away with:
 "Ethics is about how we meet the challenge of doing the right thing when that will cost more than we want to pay.There are two aspects to ethics: The first involves the ability to discern right from wrong, good from evil, and propriety from impropriety. The second involves the commitment to do what is right, good and proper."

   That quote grabbed me right in the chest. Not for any negative reasons, just purely because it makes so much sense. How many times have we been faced with doing the right thing or the quick and not so good thing and picking the latter? Powerful stuff....This next quote was amazing too.

"The golden rule is a compass when you need direction."

   I think that one can stand alone without any need for a comment.

   I also read a chapter that spoke about treating others equally no matter how wealthy they are or how much influence they have.  Roll this around in your dome for a moment. What if people were treated strictly on talent? Should the ones with more be treated differently than those with less? So who deserves better treatment: Whitney Houston or Yo Yo Ma? Bill Gates or Tiger Woods?
   It is unfortunate that we really do treat each other with this system of checks and balances for the most part. This book is rocking my brain.....

There's No Such Thing As "Business" Ethics (text only) by J. C. Maxwell 



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