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The Wisdom of Titans: Secrets of Success from Entrepreneurs Who Rose to the Top by Wililam J. Ferguson

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Chapter Ten

Be Mindful of the Shadow You Cast

Integrity is like your shadow . . . When you walk out into the sunshine, it is there for everybody to see.

—John Robbins, Founder, American Residential Mortgage Corporation and Past President, Mortgage Bankers Association

When a storm hits, most people’s inclination is to head for safety. Literally or figuratively, it’s best to be in the basement, away from the fury. In business, a storm of another type—such as a crisis caused by economic, safety, environmental, or other issues—often prompts the same “duck and cover” response. Only someone with courage and stamina can face the storm head on. These stalwart and notable few willingly stand exposed to the storm, taking a lashing (including from the ...

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