Astronaut Barry Wilmore
Excerpts of a speech given by NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore to Tennessee Tech University graduates:
"Here’s the one word I want you to remember – integrity. Be a man or woman of your word. Think of others over yourself. When decisions loom, put yourself in the shoes of those who your decisions will affect. Be honest, don’t cheat on your taxes, don’t lie to your boss, don’t cheat on your spouse, don’t deceive so you can get what you want or what you think is best.
People lie, cheat, steal, and deceive so they can get what they want, or get people to do what they want. And in my opinion, it is a travesty. Because when you lie, deceive, cheat, use trickery, shams and frauds, the truth is that invoking these into your lives yields results that reach far beyond ourselves. Lying and deception breaks up homes, kills friendships, results in significant financial loses and ruins lives.
I would hope that when asked about you, that others say, ‘That’s one person you can trust. They’re a person of their word. They love their family and it’s obvious that they care a great deal about others.’ You’ve got one life. Give it your all for the good of others and you’ll live a much happier and fulfilled life."
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