Moments Of Truth
Hollywood fable involves two partners who owned a theatrical agency.
One of their clients, Andy Williams, had just finished a Las Vegas
engagement and had sent in his commission check for $30,000. A couple
of weeks later one of the partners was opening the mail and noticed that
Andy's accountants had sent in another $30,000 check by mistake. This
was the partner's moment of truth, his test of integrity. He stared at
the check in his hand and asked himself the moral question, "Do I tell
course, the idea of sending the check back to Andy Williams never
entered his mind. Well, so much for Hollywood morality and his moment
On the other
hand, Bobby Jones when playing in the 1925 U.S. Open found his ball in the rough
behind some trees and when he went to set up to hit it his ball moved slightly
as his club grazed the grass. No one on the course saw it. He motioned the
official over and called a penalty stroke on himself. The official asked, "Are
you sure? I never saw it." Jones nodded yes and took the penalty. He lost the
tournament to Willie Macfarlane by one stroke. He refused to accept praise for
observing the rule. "You might as well praise a man," he said "for not robbing
a bank." That was his moment of truth and his trademark as a man.
are faced with moments of truth - those tempting short cuts to fame and fortune.
How we deal with them identifies us as a person - to ourselves, our friends, and
if you are the CEO of a public company employing 3000 people or if you have a
spouse and four children, when you go to bed each night, in those last few seconds
before you fall asleep, you realize that you are all alone in life. You came
into this world alone and you will depart it all by yourself. In those last
quiet, lonely seconds before you sleep, in that moment of truth, ask yourself,
"Did I send the check back? Did I call the penalty stroke on myself?" If you
didn't, it's not too late.
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