The Chinese built the Great Wall of
China ‘… in the 3rd Century B.C. as a means
of preventing incursions from Mongolians and barbarian nomads into the Chinese
Empire… ‘.
Desiring ‘to live in
, ‘they thought no one could
[the wall]due to its height.’However, ‘the hordes of enemy
infantry had no need of penetrating or climbing over the wall, because each
time, they bribed the guards and came through the doors.

Chinese built the wall but forgot the character-building of the wall-guards.

They ‘realised much later that the best
defence against the enemy is not a fortified wall, but a fortified character.
Thus, the building of human character comes before building of anything else.’

A good
character is a shield; build it, raise it, and let it be your cover. I quote
here my school song[Ashford
School, Kent, England]:

it well, whate’er you do.

it strong and straight and true;

it high, and clear and broad,

it for the eye of God.’

attributes of one with good character:

proves you are worthy to represent the best practice, not compromising principles or purpose, whatever
it costs, delivering quality every time, against all odds. An integrity-driven business
owner/ manager has honest intentions; he loves his products enough to want to
share them, therefore sells continuously. By
meaning what s/he
says and saying what s/he means, s/he does right by people, whatever their
status. Resist
temptation to use inferior materials or cut corners; the world seeks people of
character who deliver value at every opportunity. Dissatisfied customers tell
potential ones of a bad experience and cost you more in lost sales than saved
on cheaper materials. Customers are drawn to reputable companies, therefore,
protect your business integrity, from the beginning. In the long term, business
integrity strengthens your reputation;

Discipline:The business world
is an unforgiving environment. You cannot stay alive in it without discipline
or rely on luck to succeed. You will not likely stumble on what you want,
therefore, be willing to do the work and make the sacrifices. Self-controlhelps you to avoid divergent focus, to be decisive, even though not
entirely sure of what you are doing. Successful entrepreneurs are disciplined,
they stay focussed on goal achievement, take time to prepare and schedule
activities to fit where they want to go, are not distracted, primed to make
right choices. They know that a regime works when you work it, that with a
little discipline, you do little things, with a lot you do many things, and
that without discipline, you do nothing. They don’t get hooked on Social Media
or other distractions knowing it may take long to get back on track on the
current assignment!

The disciplined business manager is not tempted to look for escape
routes. His thought: ‘If this does not work out, no other options are on
the table’. If you are a victim of
corruption in your quest to do the right thing, read
Section 1 of Part 6 of the e-book, ‘Wealth
from an Idea or for a Lifetime.’
, titled: ‘A Business Manager Must be an Effective Leader.’ A business built
on a faulty foundation will not stand the test of integrity.