This is President’s Day weekend here in the United States. Banks, schools and post offices will be closed tomorrow to commemorate the lives of our first president, George Washington, and our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Both of these men are remembered for their leadership skills as well as their honesty.
The story of George Washington chopping down his father’s cherry tree and then confessing to his action is taught to us at an early age. Abraham Lincoln worked in a general store, long before he was an attorney and a politician, and once walked more than a mile to return someone’s change from their grocery bill. We are taught these stories to impress upon us the importance of being in integrity in your daily life. I am a Rotarian here in Santa Clarita, and our Four-Way Test begins with “Is it the truth?” as our motto.
When you are writing, strive to maintain this same approach to your work. Be honest and transparent with your readers and they will have great respect for you. Integrity is always the best policy.