Excerpted from here’s how by who’s who, a compilation of messages from successful men. The following article was written by Jesse Grover Bell in 1965.
Never do less than you promise—always strive to do more. No promise is ever so unimportant as to be ignored or forgotten.
Being On Time
Get the reputation of being on time for appointments. Be respectful of other people’s time. If you are delayed, and cannot be on time for an appointment, use the telephone to let it be known why you will be late and when you expect to arrive. If you are employed, be at work five minutes early, and stay five minutes late.
Never Sacrifice The Day For The Hour
Everything you do today should be done in such a way as to make all tomorrows more productive. Never follow the line of least resistance. Do everything in the right way, not the easy way.
On Being Honest
It is smart to be honest. It is stupid to be dishonest. You are of little importance if people discount what you say. If you are dishonest today, it will be more difficult for you to accomplish anything tomorrow. It is necessary to be strictly honest in your social life as well as your business life. There are times when it is easier to be dishonest, but there is no greater satisfaction in life than the satisfaction derived from knowing that your word is always believed.