It was instilled in me by my father so early in my life. He said it a different way but its meaning was clear. Our word is most important. It is how our reputation is made. And it is how we build our legacy during our life and career.
Recently, I reread The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I focused on the first section, the first agreement, "Be impeccable with your word." There is a deeper meaning in Ruiz's book than my father's simple words to me as young man.
I am now at nearly ninety percent of the years my father lived. I continue a multi-faceted career and have no intention of stopping--not the career nor the use of my father's advice of so long ago.
The author of this post is Tom Aposporos, a licensed real estate broker in both Florida and New York. In a business career of more than four decades, he also served as mayor of his home city, a commissioner in his adopted island city, and chaired a publicly-owned bank through a period of financial recovery. These experiences have enhanced his knowledge and have brought additional dimension to his real estate career.