“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.” ~ James Altucher; American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, best-selling author, venture capitalist, and podcaster.
“Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.” ~ Lao Tzu.
What does honesty mean…?? Can there be honesty–that is, clear insight, seeing things as they are–if there is a principle, an ideal, an ennobled formula…?? Can one be direct if there is confusion…?? Can there be beauty if there is the standard of what is beautiful or upright…?? When there is this division between what is and what should be, can there be honesty, or only an edifying and respectable dishonesty…??
Quite often being truly honest with people, and even with yourself, is the enemy of a lazy and mediocre ego; that is why most people tend to live their lives based not upon true honesty, either with themselves or others–i.e., they smoke while always telling themselves they will quit, they eat anything they want while lying about eating healthier, they keep secrets in their relationships, etc.
Being truly honest is the road less traveled then, but it is the road to peace and self-love within yourself; because this process of honesty with yourself and with others brings right thoughts which bring inner strength to be truly unique, and it attracts more people like you via more positive energy, it empowers you in your own life.
To be honest means to have no illusions and confusions between the reality that is and what our ego/our crooked desire wants. To get ahead in life, people’s ego makes them feel like they have to deceive and even design “small” lies; however, this is cowardice and a loss of purpose, because to be truly intelligent is to be driven by truth and a determinant focus on your daily goals, and to have these traits you have to embrace truth, if you embrace truth your whole human experience changes and there is no room for lies or “small” deceptions.
And to be honest and truthful in a society which is crooked and twists all truth to its whim, is rather difficult and rare; but it is the sign that we are ready to take on bigger challenges in life, because life is wisdom and is always testing us to remain firm and truthful in adversity.
Being honest and truthful to yourself and to others will always attract the right opportunities into your life, if you are patient and determinate enough to reach your daily goals.
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