‘Honest is the best policy’ is one of those phrases you hear over and over again until it loses it’s meaning entirely. Once a phrase ends up on a coffee mug and a dog sweater, it’s becomes background ascetics rather than practical advice.
However, if you take a moment to let the idea sink in, it can become one of your greatest assets.
By living with honesty — being honest with yourself, and being open to sharing that with others — your impact and life can improve dramatically. Here’s why:
being real gets you furthest in life.
Recently, I’ve been wondering why I follow / admire certain people and what sets them apart from the majority.
If they have anything in common, it’s their ability to be true to themselves and unafraid to show their failures and faults as well as their successes. (Or more aptly Put, they feel the fear, yet do it anyway).
Standouts are not only honest to the world, but honest with themselves.
How does one standout? Why do I want to consume everything this person does?
How do they inspire me and how can I do the same to inspire others?
By being true to yourself and open — good and bad. Struggles and all.
They stand out because they are more them, then you are yourself.
Vulnerability is Relatability*
(*to coin up a word 🙂
And being relatable is the key to connecting with others.
How can you expect to get anywhere without the people — your audience, your tribe, your friends — that push you there?
How can you expect to know yourself, if you’re not honest with yourself?
And its not that your not honest with yourself necessarily. But are you being 100% you everywhere you go? Or are you picking and choosing what to show or hide depending on the situation?
Honesty is how you stand out, and differentiate, because
Being honest means being you.
You become something more when you become more yourself +
#KeepPursuing — Josh Waggoner, Renaissance Man | Dec 5, 2016 Updated: Jan 20th, 2017
Q: So Tell me, how you are you?
(answer in the comment below if inspired to do so)