A Short Story About Decisions and Ethics

In January 2016 I made a decision, and set a goal that I was going to achieve by summer time. I honestly didn’t know how I was going to accomplish it because it was a pretty big personal goal. It was going to require about $20K which I really didn’t know how I was going to get.

With very little effort, the following month I got the money. I was so excited! I felt strong and unstoppable. I had never raised that much money before in such a short period of time. 

Then, I got the opportunity to accomplish that goal in the same summer for FREE! But in exchange for “free” I had to go to Florida and do something else first. Don’t worry it was all very legal. 

When I got to Florida it turned out, what I had to do wasn’t as easy as I expected and I couldn’t complete my task. I was there for 3 months and had to return to California for financial reasons. Not completing what I had to do was a problem for a lot of people including myself. Particularly because I lost the $20K I had raised (I’ll spare the details and stick to the moral). 

Here are the two lessons from that experience: 

  1. A solid decision moves mountains 
  2. Purpose and intention are senior to action

I had no need to aim for accomplishing the goal for free. I already had the money. I was honestly just trying to beat the odds, and it cost me everything that was at risk.  My self-interest was first when I decided to go to Florida. Not the intention to help others. I wasn’t being ethical in that situation. All I saw was what was in it for me. 

Don’t make the same mistake. 

Sooner or later, it will negatively affect everyone. 

-Real Talk 

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