Sunday, April 02, 2017

Lying takes skill, but honesty takes courage

Be radically honest when most people would say nothing. 

It’s a simple but scary notion. 

Because in many cases, we’re afraid to be honest for fear that someone won’t like us. But the reality is, in that moment of silence, there’s likely to be some tension in the air. And if we can be the brave person who relieves it, all is forgiven. 

In my experience, radical honesty when most people would say nothing has many conversational benefits. 

First, it’s unexpected, since telling the truth has become a revolutionary act. And anytime you can create surprise in the air, it’s a perfect time to give someone new ideas. 

Second, it’s refreshing, since most people are jaded from the countless times they’ve been burned, duped, fooled, conned, tricked, scammed and screwed over. And deep down, all they really want is to connect with people who won’t bullshit them. 

Third, it’s liberating, since true freedom comes from refusing to hide. No more pretending and performing and posturing, just taking responsibility as the brave being who notices the moment. 

And finally, it’s relaxing, since dishonesty is the primary source of modern human stress

That’s my favorite part. Because although lying is effective, it’s also a lot of work. And I’m a busy guy. I’d rather burn my calories on something more meaningful.

As my mentor once said, lying takes skill, but honesty takes courage. 

Remember, everybody who is honest is interesting. 

I challenge you to put a priority on speaking your microscopic truth. 

Especially when most people would say nothing. 

What does honesty oblige you to do in this situation?

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