Honesty... a Timeless Value
Recently a young person from a supplier company reached out to me via social media. We had a great conversation and in the end, I agreed to do a one-time business spotlight in FreePromoTips in exchange for a few pieces of the product they sold. I was very clear that this was a one-shot thing and it wasn't what we typically did for our supplier partners.
A couple months had passed and we never received the products he agreed to send. I was told the items had been lost although no attempt was made to replace them, or honor what they said they were going to do. Normally I might have just chalked it up to a bad experience, but one of the items was for my 15 year old son who continued to ask me about this. So I continued to ask this person about it. I was hoping they would honor the agreement we had made.
In a follow up email he acknowledged, "I didn't hold up my end of the bargain but I am accountable for that." He went on to talk about the long history and fine reputation his family business has. I'm sure they have a very nice company, but I struggle to respect or trust someone who doesn't do what they agreed to do. To his credit, my son did receive the one piece he was looking forward to. It seems however I will never receive the few items I was promised. I chalk this up as another lesson learned about character and honesty.
We all learn life lessons from "real world" experiences. The point of this rant is to remind us all how simple and important it is to just do what you say you are going to do. As I reflect on my own family history, I've learned lessons about integrity. I don't want to leave the same legacy to my son that my dad left me. I try to the best of my ability to be honest and do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do. And I want my son to know that he should live by good values also.