It may take a lifetime to build a great reputation and a track record of success and accomplishment but it only takes a nanosecond to lose it all if you’re not careful with integrity issues. By integrity issues, I mean simply doing what’s right.
Consider Coach Joe Paterno’s story. Here was someone who had a stellar reputation and a status that was seemingly rock solid, yet because of a lapse in “doing the right thing”, he went from hero to zero overnight. It’s a sobering example of how important it is not to breath your own exhaust, but to have at least someone speaking into your life . . . holding you accountable on the integrity issues. Everyone needs someone to come along side of them and help them navigate through complicated life issues.