To Tell The Truth – Barry Bonds – Ethical Choices and Consequences

November 16, 2007

Barry Bonds - WSJ Photo So just how important is it to tell the truth? 

As a motivational speaker, I was recently speaking to a group of high school students about the importance of telling the truth and making the right choices.   What qualified me to make this presentation – personal experience…perhaps one of the best teachers in life.  Having spent time in Federal prison for making unethical decisions, I know first hand the impact that choices have in our life.  I am not proud of those decisions, but, likewise, refuse to hide the fact that I made them and that the impact they had on my life were – well – life changing.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal law blog, MLB’s home run hitter Barry Bonds has been indicted for – well simply put – “lying!”

The post in the WSJ Blog states: “Bonds joins a line of individuals stretching from Alger Hiss to Martha Stewart to Scooter Libby to who were indicted not for commiting an underlying crime, but for lying to investigators. Each time this happens, critics argue that a perjury prosecution is nothing more than an excuse for overzealous prosecutors to bring a headline-grabbing case against a boldfaced name. On the other hand, in pursuing such well-known figures, the feds hope to send a message to the meek and mighty alike: Don’t lie.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Whether Bonds is convicted like Martha Stewart or not…the fact remains that the consequences of lying can have dramatic, life-changing effects.  Take it from one who knows, “Club Fed” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  It’s prison and no one I know wants to be there.

I routinely speak to business groups and associations on ethics, choices, consequences and their total effect.  Every choice has a consequence – and the sooner we recognize that telling the truth is a choice the quicker we control the type of consequences we face.  I personally perfer “positive results” from the choices I make.

What about you?  Comments?