Many of our problems would be solved – if only intelligence came with integrity…

Few years back I was in New York, visiting with friends.
During my stay there, some of their friends and co-workers would drop by.

Since one of my friends worked at the hospital, their living room was often full of doctors.
One evening the conversation moved from one subject to another, but all related to health.
And drugs.
Including the latest strategies used by pharmaceutical representatives to get doctors familiar with their newest medications.
The ultimate goal being to prescribe it to their patients.

The irony of the whole situation didn’t escape me.
When I used to work for a temporary agency (accounting) I refused an assignment in a hospital (even though it paid almost double).
And I believe, as a nation, we are taking far too many drugs.

In spite of my prejudices I found the discussion really interesting.
The consensus across the room was that the latest medication should be used only if it provided a substantial benefit for the patient.

It was good to hear them say that.
It was good to see the two traits together: integrity and intelligence.
Many problems we now have would be solved if only intelligence came with integrity.
As Warren Buffet said:

“In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy.
… if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you.”


/Comments/in Time Money Success/by Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

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