Thanks again to David Friedman for sharing such an important fundamental:

DO THE RIGHT THING. ALWAYS. Even. When. Nobody. Is. Looking. Always tell the truth. If you make a mistake, own up to it, apologize, and make it right.

Michael T: This is how I try and do everything. Working with people in service for as long as I did I found that telling the truth was the only way to go. Maybe they didn’t want to hear but, in the end, they appreciated me not deceiving them and helping them. These people then became some of my best customers and in a lot of cases became friends of mine to this day.  By doing the right thing you may not be a hero up front but when all things wash out people will see what you did as the right thing and they will appreciate you more for it. In today’s climate, we need more people following this statement it would make for a better world.

Dave O: I have always lived this way. It’s hard sometimes. I’m not perfect but I strive for this. Taking responsibility for my own mistakes.

Gordon G: There is never a time that doing the right thing is the wrong thing to do. No matter what others around you may say or do, that right thing is ALWAYS the right thing.

Jim S: Honesty, trustworthiness, truthfulness are all virtues we are called to strive for. it is not always easy, but, it is always the right thing to do.

I have found over the course of my professional career that to be viewed as honest is always the best and most fruitful path.  If a salesperson does not have believability in the eyes of his customer then he has nothing.

“An honest man’s pillow is his peace of mind” ~John Mellencamp

Kevin P: I think this philosophy goes way back to my childhood with my upbringing, and that is “always do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  I feel that I have taken this philosophy and applied to everyday life, by always thinking about what the right thing is to do, and how it will affect others.  I think if everyone in the world would approach situations in this manner, it would be a much better place to live.

Scott D: I’ll touch on the apologize portion of this statement. It is sometimes hard to humble yourself when you make a mistake, but when you apologize and are sincere about it you cement your relationship with your customer even further. Always doing the right thing is the only way to let everyone know where you stand and the morals that you possess.

Alex B: This week’s principal is a good recipe for a clear conscience and peace of mind.  This leaves one with a clear mind to focus on business and other aspects of life without distraction.

Jim S: Do the right thing and do it the first time! That way you don’t have to remember what you said and who you said it to! Let honesty guide your actions so others around you will look to you for guidance, friendship, leadership, and loyalty.

This item really requires no talent and no special skills to accomplish. Just be unwavering while doing it.

Reading responses like those above are quite humbling to me. It is encouraging that we have individuals with this much depth to them. A special thanks to our team for their participation. We believe it is a privilege to learn something new each day. For more information, contact OCP here.