Cheaters do win. It pays to cheat.

Just look at some of the famous athletes who’ve been caught cheating. They cashed in. They rang the cash register. Cha-Ching.

They won financially. It paid.

Don’t get me wrong, the athletes who got caught cheating probably were solid athletes before they cheated. They probably were naturally blessed, talented, and gifted on their own. They probably worked hard their entire lives.

I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. But they still cheated.

So why did they cheat?

Were they insecure? Did they lack confidence? Were they looking for a shortcut? Were they looking for every possible advantage? Were they looking for an edge? Did they need a little bit of help to get over the hump? Did they need the money?

Maybe I’m a little bit bitter.

I don’t cheat. I do things the right way. I do things the hard way. I don’t take shortcuts. I don’t take the path of least resistance.

Do things the right way even if that means doing them the hard way.

It will be more rewarding doing it on my own and doing it naturally.

As I wrote that last sentence, I picture all of the athletes who cashed in with their feet kicked up on their gold ottoman drinking fine wine from a chalice in their mansion overlooking the ocean.

Money is great. Who doesn’t want that kind of money?

Integrity and character are also important.

The next sentence is also from a bitter, honest athlete.

I would rather lose honestly than win as a cheater.

Cheaters do win. It pays to cheat. I’m sure we could find plenty of other examples. But remember, cheaters have to live inside their minds for the rest of their lives. They also get to live in their mansions.