Integrity is the quality of having a strong moral compass. Even though it is a word that we often use to describe people, in my opinion, it is a characteristic that very few people possess. Because integrity is more than just being honest and open.
It is a personal choice to live according to the greatest values in life. It’s doing the right thing when there’s no one around to applaud you because your principles wouldn’t let you do anything less.
In a nutshell, integrity is wholeness. Truthfulness. Fairness.
Considering that we live in a corrupted, evil and grey world that is slowly destroying the meaning of the greatest values, people with integrity are like warm sunrays on a cold January morning. They are rare and they are the ones who dare to make a difference in this world.
So, here are 10 rare and inspiring traits of people with true integrity:
People who live their lives according to the real values in life are the most genuine human beings. These rare gems will always show their true colors to the world. What you see is precisely what you get. Nothing more, nothing less.
2. THEY ARE HUMBLE
Yes, people with integrity are confident and strong individuals who know their own worth, but they also possess a kind, humble soul and a big heart that cares for every living being. They know exactly who they are and what they’ve achieved in life, without asking the whole world to praise them for it.
3. THEY ALWAYS APOLOGIZE
People make mistakes, but not all of them take responsibility for the damage that is sometimes done. Sometimes their huge egos get in the way and make an even bigger mess than before.
It takes honesty and righteousness to really know when to admit that you’ve been wrong and apologize to the people who’ve been hurt.
4. THEY ARE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S TIME
People with true integrity know the value of time. So, they never take it for granted. They don’t appreciate tardiness and don’t accept it as an excuse. They believe that it is all a matter of priorities. It is up to us how we organize our time.
Therefore, they are always considerate of other people’s time. Because at the end of the day, that is the same way they want to be treated.
5. THEY GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE
Taking credit for something they were never a part of is something they would never do. According to them, that is worse than stealing.
People with integrity always give credit where it’s due. The ones who worked hard to create something are the only people who should enjoy the fruits of their success.
6. THEY CAN SENSE LIES
Beware, people who have honest hearts and speak their minds have an extraordinary lie detector. They will sense your nonsense from afar. Don’t make the mistake to take them for fools.
7. BUT THEY ALWAYS GIVE THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT
Surprisingly, even though they can easily sense when there’s something strange about a person, they always prefer to give the benefit of the doubt. Only until the person in question is proven guilty.
People with integrity will take your word. Just make sure that you don’t prove them wrong.
8. THEY LIKE TO HELP OTHERS
Not because they want the whole world to see them as empathic and caring people, but because helping the ones in need and volunteering for good cause brings them hope that this world can become a more peaceful and beautiful place to live in if we only learn to love one another.
9.T HEY ARE BRUTALLY HONEST
As I already mentioned earlier, these people are honest to the point of being rude. They just can’t help it. Lying is the worst thing a person can use to protect themselves. Honesty is the best policy in life. Even when the truth cuts like a razor blade.
10.T HEY DON’T ARGUE, THEY SHARE THEIR OPINION
People with high integrity know how important it is to respect people’s differences. They’ve been raised to follow their own ideals and thoughts in life, no matter how different they might sometimes be. They’ve been taught that different doesn’t mean better or worse. It means unique.
Therefore, when these people disagree, they simply state their opinions. They don’t try to impose their idea on other people. They don’t want their opinion to matter more than someone else’s.
Their goal is not winning. It is reaching a reasonable compromise that will benefit everyone.