FAIRNESS AND INTEGRITY
When Ted Williams was 40 years old and closing out his
great career with the Boston Red Sox, he suffered from a pinched
nerve. For the first time in his storied career, he batted under
300. At that time Williams was the highest salaried player in
sports, making $125,000 per year. The Red Sox offered him the
same contract for the following year, but he refused to accept it.
Williams believed that he had not produced sufficiently for the
team; therefore, he cut his own salary by $31,000. Perhaps
Williams had an eye for something more important than hitting a
baseball. He had a keen sense of fairness and integrity.
If we live long enough to retire and look back across our
lives, we will smile with satisfaction when we remember each
person we treated fairly, and we will wince with guilt over each
one we cheated.