“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ~ Mark Twain
As children our parents teach us not to lie and I know as a parent I have definitely caught my children in lies as their stories change to suit the circumstances. We all slip, we have all told lies and absolutely no one is perfect … this is why telling the truth is so much easier as then you never have to remember what you said to whom.
The internet today has made it much easier to “bend the truth” so to speak; we can be anything or anyone we want to be and can develop any kind of a persona we want to. The scary thing is that this ability to be “anything or anyone you want” has made it even more important for us to do our due diligence and determine the facts before “signing on the dotted line.” We have become a society of skeptics because many people are developing this “fake it until you make it” mentality. The question is … is this a lie? Is it okay to be who we want to be and not who we are today?
I remember one time I met someone at a conference and I had created an image in my head of who they were based on what I was reading about them on the internet; big problem was the reality did not live up to the expectation. It is amazing how the internet allows you to be anyone you want to be and no one can say any differently.
I have always, always believed in being honest and I share the good with the bad because honestly as entrepreneurs we all have ups and downs in business (thankfully there are more ups than downs and more good than bad).
So what about you? Are you a “fake it until you make it” kind of person or do you believe “honesty is the best policy”?