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We should live by principle, not by pressure. Peer pressure, if allowed, can be a catalyst for making decisions. We feel pressure from people we are around to do a certain thing and the next thing you know, we do something we regret, or more importantly, something we know is wrong. Have you heard the phrase, “Well, everyone is doing it”? It still doesn’t make it right. We should be guided by our values and beliefs. The decisions we make should be governed by our principles. For example, if everyone else is taking a longer lunch than they are supposed to, they are stealing time from that company. That doesn’t give you the right to do it too. We know that stealing is wrong and that obeying the rules is right. We should purpose to be honest and we won’t violate our standards and ethics for anyone or anything. What morals do you live by? That’s how we should base our choices, not by being pushed or pressured into doing something. When I worked for UPS, I was pressured into slowing down and coming in late. My values, on the other hand, dictated that regardless of what went on, I was paid to do a job, and I did it. We’ll have clearer consciences and a reputation for honoring our word if we don’t cave in to pressure tactics. It’s better to be respected than liked.
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Published on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 10:19 AM CDT