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Integrity...Do you have IT?

Just recently I was reading a blog post at a local Realtors website. As a quick aside, I follow dozens of local real estate agents and read and comment on their blogs daily. The most recent post on this site appeared to be written by this agent but as I read further I could tell this article was professionally written. It was just too polished and none of the information was local. I copied the first sentence, Googled it and sure enough it was a complete copy of an article written by someone else for Forbes. Even the picture was copied.

There was no mention anywhere in the post that this article was written by someone else. No attribution. Nothing. Just plagiarism.

In my industry (I'm and Independent Insurance Agent) I witness integrity issues regularly. This past week I was asked to quote a prospect's commercial insurance policy. The prospect is a roofer but his current agent rated him in a Carpentry classification to "get" the business. The insurance company he is currently with doesn't even insure the roofer classification. I explained to the prospect that I will rate the policy correctly and the premium will be higher because the roofing classification is a "riskier" classification. Needless to say, I didn't gain a new client.

I try to do everything in my life with Integrity. Even when it comes to my blog posts. I buy all the pictures you see on my site and give proper credit where credit is due. Occasionally, I will incorporate someone else's written post or article into my blog but I always add my two cents and make sure the author is properly credited.

In my insurance agency I always strive to be above reproach. That means no cutting corners, asking all the right questions, doing it right the first time and putting the interests and needs of my clients above my own. That's integrity.  At the end of the day that's all I have. Do you have IT?

Author: Richard Morris

Richard Morris, an independent insurance agent in Chandler, Arizona, has been serving and helping Arizona families with all their insurance needs for over 23 years. Visit his website at to see all the ways he can help you with your insurance needs or call the office at (480) 336-2707 or toll free at (888) 907-9349. Connect with Rich on Google+ and Twitter. About Richard Brainy Quotes
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