One day there was a group of boys standing around a stray dog they had found at the park. A minister walks up and asked "what are you boys doing?" One of the boys said, "We're telling lies, and the one who tells the biggest lie gets the dog." "Why boys" the minister said, "When I was your age I never thought of telling a lie." After a moment of silence one of the boys shrugged and said, "come on guys, I guess he gets the dog."
I was astounded the other day when I heard some stats on how many students admits to cheating, how many people admits to lying, how many people admits to stealing, and how many people believed that it was alright to do these things if there's nobody was really hurt by it. We are used to politicians making promises they can't keep, service companies not showing up when they said they would, products that promise more than they can deliver, and on and on the list goes.
I still believe that honesty is the best policy. It may not be the easy route but it's always the best route. Our market is tough enough without the added pressure of working with those who don't practice honest and professional ethics. If you make an appointment keep it, if your voice mail says I'll call you back then call me back, if the seller is out of the price range for the market you might as well tell him up front, and again, the list goes on and on.
An old friend of mine used to say, "Always do right! You'll never do the wrong thing if you'll always do the right thing."