A friend of mine pointed out that it’s been a long time since I’ve done a fortune cookie post. That’s true. I haven’t. As you might know, I keep a running list of fortune cookie fortunes that catch my attention – and appeal to my common sense. (I wonder how you can get a job writing fortune cookie fortunes.) My list has grown considerably.
Here’s one that caught my attention when I visited the list today. “A liar is not believed even though he tells the truth.” There’s a lot of common sense in that fortune.
I often tell people that a personal brand is important. As you know, common sense is my brand. I try to stay on brand at all times. I use common sense to guide my personal decision making, and to help my friends and clients make the best decisions in their life and business.
Being forthright and truthful is an important part of my common sense guy brand for a couple of reasons. 1) I’m known as a person of high integrity. People know that I will speak my mind and tell them what I think. They know that I will not lie to present myself in a better light. They also know that they can count on me to keep confidences. 2) As Mark Twain says, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” In other words, you can get caught in a lie, but not in the truth.
And that’s the common sense point of the fortune. Your reputation is the sum total of all of your interactions with others. If you tell the truth nine times out of ten, or 99 times out of 100, you are likely to get a reputation as a liar. That 1% or 10% of the time when you were less than truthful will see to that. Once you have a reputation as a liar, it is difficult for people to see you as truthful.
So the common sense point here is pretty simple: always tell the truth. If you do, you will become a credible, believable person. Besides that, as Mark Twain points out, you won’t have worry about remembering which lies you told and to whom you told them.
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading. Log on to my website www.BudBilanich.com for more common sense. Check out my other blog: www.SuccessCommonSense.com for common sense advice on becoming the career and life success you are meant to be.
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