It’s more important to do the right thing than to do things right.
One of the biggest dilemmas that have haunted man since he began to reason is whether the means actually justify the end or not. One often finds themselves in a position where the only thing that keeps them from acting is their sense of right and wrong.
However, in most cases, there is no such thing as a universal right or wrong. Most of the situations that life throws at us fall somewhere in between. This perception of morality and immorality can vary from individual to individual, so much so that one person’s right can be another’s wrong and vice versa. In fact, what might be totally acceptable and moral to one person may come across as something unethical to someone else. It is all about going by our instincts.
So much has been said and written about the importance of listening to our hearts. However, most of us do quite the contrary when faced with scenarios that actually call for us to act instinctively. Regardless of the social and corporate hierarchies we are a part of, there is only person we are truly accountable and answerable to – ourselves. It takes a lot of courage to turn a deaf ear to what everyone else has to say when our heart is asking us to do otherwise. Not everyone has the mental strength and conviction to stand up to the world to do as they please. That said, only the ones that do can get a peaceful night’s sleep, content that they had what it took to do the right thing.
Peter Ferdinand Drucker, popularly known as Peter Drucker, was an Austrian-American author. Renowned for his contributions to the philosophical and practical foundations of modern corporate enterprises, Drucker is also known to have said: “It’s more important to do the right thing than to do things right.”