Doing what is right is never easy; but nevertheless, it is right. I find it interesting the amount of people I hear about that do not meet the basics for integrity. Where did they learn to be disrespectful and inconsiderate. Someone, somewhere, influenced them to believe being unprofessional was completely okay. Remember, bad company corrupts good character. Our character, after all, is a sign that continuously hangs around our neck for all to see. If we do not do what it right, lack responsibility, and lack in ethics, it hangs around our neck. Let’s look at this from the other side of the coin; assuming we have integrity, show responsibility, and have great ethics, it shows as a sign around our neck for all to see as well. We are a never ending personal commercial for all to see (and sometimes hear about. Both positive and negative). When we burn a bridge, word travels faster than the flame of the bridge we set on fire. When we act irresponsibly, the ability for a good reference is lost. When we lack in ethics, we almost become a weird disease that no one wants to come in contact with (except for others with the same ethics issue).
So, when you come to fork in the road, always do what is right. It may not be convenient. It may not be what you want to choose. But if you choose integrity over feelings, you will never lose.