How many times did you lie today?
I would argue that we all lie a few times every day. It doesn’t have to be big ones. It starts when somebody asks if we can meet them for coffee and we don’t really get why we should do that so we say “I’m sorry, I already have plans that day”.
Or when we meet somebody new and we don’t really feel connected but also don’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings, so we say “Sure, let’s keep in touch.”
We all do this from time to time.
What bothers me about it is the stress this creates. Because we want to be polite and because we want everybody to love us, we put tremendous stress on our shoulders to meet everybody else’s expectations.
I remember an executive who once reached out to me for help and he asked me some very generic questions. Because I had a tough day and wasn’t in the mood to play the nice guy, I was radically honest with him and said “You know, I want to be honest with you, I think you are asking the wrong questions.”
Two days later, he emailed me back and said “Thank you for being so honest. You challenged me to re-think my approach and I would like to start working with you.”
Last week, I recorded a conversation with a good friend of mine, Kai Christen, who is the founder of the Lifestyle Design Convention in Zurich. We talked about why authenticity and honesty always wins in business and life and he shared some golden nuggets of wisdom on the seven habits of radically honest people.
See it for yourself and watch the video below.
If you care about freedom, connection and impact, then you have to be at the Lifestyle Design Convention in Zurich in January 2016!
Make sure you click YES where it says “Did you hear about this event from Daniel Jordi?” so you will be able to participate in the live Google Hangout Kai and I will do on How to Build Meaningful and Long Lasting Business Relationships.
See you at the LDC in January!