CHAPTER 8

THE KEY INGREDIENT TO TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

—George Bernard Shaw

After all my years of coaching people how to take control of their lives, I have learned that one of the most important ingredients in accomplishing this control is to have a high level of integrity. Now, when discussing the concept of integrity, many people initially think of major issues—for example, cheating, lying, or stealing. But I would suggest that these issues are just a portion of what we have to take a look at when it comes to designing a life worth smiling about.

I like to break the idea of integrity into two simple categories: the “big things” and the “small ...

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