Ethics 101 — Book Summary and Application

Key Idea 1: The Importance of Ethics

“There are really only three kinds of people: Those who don’t succeed, those who succeed temporarily, and those who remain successful. Character is the only way to sustain success.”

Key Idea 2: The Most Important Ethical Principle is The Golden Rule

“Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.”

“Hurt not others with that which pains you.”

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”

“This is the sum of duty; do naught unto others what you would not have them do unto you.”

“No one of you is a believer until he loves for his neighbor what he loves for himself.”

“Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others.”

Key Idea 3: Factors that Influence Unethical Choices

“It’s ironic, but to gain freedom, you need to contain your emotions with discipline. That takes character.”

“Having power is like drinking salt water. The more you drink, the thirstier you get.”

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… How can people treat others the way they want to be treated if their preoccupation is to BEAT them? They can’t.

Key Idea 4: Build Your Character



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