Despite whatever hand in life we are dealt, the question of whether or not this life is beautiful should never be a difficult one to answer. As human beings, we have the innate ability to make our own choices. The decisions we make in life, no matter how big or how small, can define who we are as people. When one chooses to cheat, no matter the context, he or she is immediately robbing themselves of their potential.
Anyone can choose to cheat. One could cheat at any moment of any day throughout their entire lives. It isn't difficult, in fact, it's much easier than being honest half the time. However, those of us with the courage and integrity to work for the fruits of our labor in an honest manner, will be the ones who reach true happiness in life. When someone cheats, they not only run the risk of hurting themselves, but they also run the risk of hurting those close to them.
Nearly twenty years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Alex Rodriguez. He was only 19 years old at the time and still very young in his Major League Baseball career. Back then, he was an honest ball player who's goal had finally been accomplished from hard work and dedication to his craft. Over the years Rodriguez would face a number of tough life decisions that would shape his future forever. His decision to cheat destroyed his name and credibility. A vibrant young ball player who had his entire life ahead of him would later become the laughing stock of the Major Leagues.
While Rodriguez knew what he was doing was wrong, he failed to think of the consequences that would result from his actions. Though it may be difficult to sympathize with Rodriguez's situation, it is the exact same situation that we are faced with when we choose to be dishonest. Whether its taking an illegal performing enhancing drug or cheating in any other aspect of life, you sell yourself short and risk the hardships that could potentially effect both you and the ones you love.
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