Lies and How They Can Destroy Your Business and Marriage

12 TRUTHS ABOUT LYING by Michael Josephson

In business and in our personal lives we seek people we can trust. Dishonesty, particularly lying, is the most prominent way to prevent or destroy trust. Here are 12 don’t-forget rules about lying:

1. Honesty may not always pay, but lying always costs.

2. Trust is a tower, built stone by stone, lies take stones from the bottom.

3. There is no security in secrecy; every undiscovered lie is a live landmine.

4. Lies breed a bodyguard of new lies to protect themselves.

5. Lies look very different to the person lied to than the person telling the lie.

6. Rationalizing, justifying or trying to minimize a lie only deepens distrust.

7. When we are lied to we wonder: “What else have you lied to me about?”

8. It only takes one lie to make you a liar or distrust someone who lied to you.

9. Apologies for lying help but they can’t remove the scar or heal the wound.

10. You can’t disguise lies in half-truths or silence; a lie is a lie.

11. Lying is not only dishonest; it’s disrespectful.

12. When you lie to a liar your still a liar.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that Character Counts!