Across the world, numerous sages in ancient times had emphasized that morality values way much more than merits.
Many parents, too, taught their children that the first lesson about success is being a good person.
A good reputation is the highest degree one can get. And it is the very foundation for you to put your talents to good use.
A talented man without the descipline of morality is merely a monster out of control no matter how capable he is.
There was a wise man named Tseng Guo-fan in China. He wrote in a letter to his younger brother that:
"A moral progress is just like an additional litre of grain."
Morality is not a technique which can be explained technically, but rather a subtle power that works imperceptibly
It works as the lubricant when you communicate with others.
All the paths become unobstructed for you once you are armored with this. And the doors that used to be locked will open.
This may look like luck in some people's eyes.
But no, this is not luck.
This is a kind of merit.
A good reputation is the highest degree one can get. It goes way farther than any certificate.