“Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.” ~ Clayton Christensen
Integrity is a long road. We will be tried and tested many times along its path. We’ll be asked to state and re-state our convictions, defend them, and ultimately live our lives by them. We may question ourselves, reconsider our positions, and doubt our abilities. We’ll be tempted to shrink back from criticism, confrontation, and disagreements, but in those moments our integrity will rise up, just when we need it most.
Integrity is a leg to stand on. It’s a warm blanket on a cold night. It’s a light during our darkest hour. You can hang your hat on your integrity, and there’s a lot of power in that knowledge.
How do you need to live in order to be true to yourself, to wake up and be proud of the person staring back at you from the mirror? Figure out what matters most to you and then do whatever it takes to build a life around those priorities. It’s the only way to be certain that we fulfill the promise of our potential.
Published by Christa Avampato
The short of it:
Writer. Health, education, and art advocate. Theater and film producer. Visual artist. Product geek. Proud alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (MBA). Inspired by ancient wisdom & modern tech. Proliferator of goodness. Opener of doors. Friend to animals. Fan of creative work in all its wondrous forms. I use my business skills to create passion projects that build a better world. I’ve been called the happiest New Yorker, and I try hard to live up to that title every day.
The long of it:
My career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, entertainment, technology, and financial services. I’ve been a product developer and product manager, theater manager, strategic consultant, marketer, voice over artist, , teacher, and fundraiser. I use my business and storytelling to support and sustain passion projects that build a better world. In every experience, I’ve used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, programs, and events.
While building a business career, I also built a strong portfolio as a journalist, novelist, freelance writer, interviewer, presenter, and public speaker. My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, PBS.org, Boston.com, Royal Media Partners publications, and The Motley Fool on a wide range of topics including business, technology, science, health, education, culture, and lifestyle. I have also been an invited speaker at SXSW, Teach for America, Avon headquarters, Games for Change, NYU, Columbia University, Hunter College, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The first book in my young adult book series, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, was acquired by a publisher and launched in November 2017. I’m currently working on the second book in the series.
A recovering multi-tasker, I’m equally at home in front of my Mac, on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I also cut up small bits of paper and put them back together as a collage artist.
I’m bringing together all of my business and creative career paths as the Founder of Double or Nothing Media:
• I craft products, programs, and projects that make a difference;
• I build the business plans that make what I craft financially sustainable;
• I tell the stories that matter about the people, places, and products that inspire me.
Follow my adventures on Twitter at https://twitter.com/christanyc and Instagram at https://instagram.com/christarosenyc.
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10 thoughts on “Beautiful: Make Your Convictions Your Full-time Job”
great quotes, I enjoyed this quite reminder to always be true to myself. many thanks 🙂
So glad you enjoyed the post!
Wow Christina. I can’t believe I found this just at the Right time. Divine timing. What you talk about every word, is exactly what I am going through. Integrity is everything. Your strength. Your knowledge. Your truth. As long as stand in that that’s all that matters. Thank you so so much. I’m coming into work now and instead of dreading it I feel strong in the knowledge that I have my integrity in tact and that what I am doing is right. (I’m having a difficult situation at work. I’ve discovered some nasty emails from colleagues I work alongside who are in higher positions of authority, one of which is in a position to direct and guide me. These men are all smiles to myself yet have been criticising my ability comittment to my job and making false accusations about me. I sought advise from the boss who told me how highly I’m thought of and how I’m doing a fantastic job above and beyond what I should. He says I shouldn’tbut confront them and ask them why they have never queried my ability before in fact only last month I was told by one of them last month what a fantastic job I’m doing and how committed I am! This has only reinforced the lesson that validation comes from within and that people should never say anything they would not have the courage or integrity to say directly.I am just as committed to my convinctions as I am to my full time job that I do with passion and pride.
In the end, all we really ever have is our integrity and the confidence that we have lived our own best truth. I am so glad that this post was helpful to you. I understand – when I worked for someone else, this type of thing happened to me all the time. Hold your head high – those energy vampires are not worth your time. You maintain your confidence and integrity. You’ll be surprised by how quickly people come around to your way of thinking. Keep me posted!
Hey. Well i made a complaint and head honcho did very little to help my cause (although promised to) Divine timing occurs again as I was literally head hunted for a job avweek later and got the job on Wednesday-a bigger and better one. I don’t mess about. Situation has taught me to always speak my Truth and stand up for what I believe is right. We do not need to accept the bad treatment of others nor do we need to fester away in a negative environment suffering at the hands of people who enjoy bringing others down. We can choose to use the bricks othersthrow at us to knock us down or use them to build new ffoundations. Thanks for your very encouraging post x
What fabulous news!! Congrats on your new job. So inspiring to read your story and I’m so glad you stood up for yourself. I’m sure you’ve given your old boss a lot to think about. Onward, upward, and congratulations!!
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