Ronnie Oldham's Core Values

Integrity

"The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the full light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny…it is the light that guides your way."
                                                                                                                                Heraclitus,
                                                                                                                                Greek Poet and Philosopher

    Integrity is the courage to stand up for one's beliefs, even when doing so is unpopular. It is established in a demonstrated consistency of character and is guided by an unchanging moral and ethical compass. Integrity is more than just treating people as I want to be treated myself. It is doing what I know in my heart is just and right. Integrity is being forthright about my purpose and acting in a manner than is fair and just for all concerned. True integrity is a trait many claim, but few actually live out their principles in the face of criticism. Nonetheless, it remains a highly prized human quality in all walks of life.

    Integrity is a quality that I learned to respect early in my life. It is difficult to pinpoint a specific person or event as the primary source. Still, Integrity has become my foremost core vale and its essence permeates my thinking and interaction with others. I suppose that it stems from the Judeo Christian values of my traditional Oklahoma family heritage. All of my great grandparents were traditional American pioneers, moving to Indian Territory in search of free land. Some actually traveled by covered wagons and, though their daily life was extremely difficult, faith in God remained an integral part of their lives and the raising of their children. My immediate family environment as a child was not particularly religious, but my mother did make sure that I was in Sunday school every Sunday. She also encouraged participation in church activities. The primary male influences during my childhood were my two maternal uncles, Buck and Don. Both are honest, hard-working men who seldom, if ever, wronged another person intentionally. When I would stray from the accepted path, they were there to straighten me out. My uncles provided a outstanding example of integrity for me to emulate and I will always be indebted to them for it.

    As a business professional, I want to have a positive effect on all the people I come in contact with. My actions will be guided by integrity rather than simple legal or ethical tests. I will take a stand on the issues that matter to me and the important issues that are proper, moral, and just. I am committed to living my life by this philosophy and I am comfortable with this decision.

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