With the rising competitive market and the booming technology industry, the proverb “honesty is the best policy” is fading out of the picture. Almost everything you see, hear, smell, and taste is superficial. Pictures are photo-shopped to look perfect; artificial additives are mixed with food to taste better; and voices are computer manipulated to sound flawless. It is getting more difficult to detect what is real or not.
You see advertisements on exercise equipment that tell you how you can lose 50 lbs. in 30 days, only to discover that it doesn’t work at all. How about promotions of service providers that offer a $29.99 package deal but which actually comes up to $40 + with the added fees? It seems like nobody is telling the truth anymore. Whatever happened to “honesty is the best policy”?
I truly believe that this proverb should stand stronger today more than ever. The reason I say this is because it is very much needed in this day and age. Whoever wants to remain ahead of the game should be doing things that his competitors are not doing. It may not be popular at the start but in the long run people will notice and be grateful for it.
The only way this can happen is if we become more focused on serving people than in making money. Let me give you a personal example. If I am only focused on making money off my clients, I will tell them everything they want to hear, and even more. But since I want to keep practicing the “honesty is the best policy” principle, I am straightforward with them if I think that they are not qualified for the job that they want to apply for. I will not even attempt to write their Rèsumè even if I can make it appear that they are qualified.
I have had clients who have been out of the workforce for a while. Some of them have just been unfortunate not to find jobs while others got married and became full-time moms. Though there are ways and means to hide the gaps on the Rèsumè, I would never advice any form of dishonesty.
Admittedly, there were times in the past when I felt the pressure to be dishonest. One incident was when I was working for a Real Estate company and we had a project that had defects. We were instructed by our superiors to divert the client’s attention from the problem, and if asked about it, we were given a “script” that was a blatant lie. I chose not to lie and lost probable accounts. Another recent incident was a client who needed a Rèsumè and I was honest enough to tell him that I can’t meet his deadline. As a result of this honesty, he still availed of my services, and even had repeat business from him.
You may lose or win if you choose to be honest. Yet the lost is actually a gain because it builds your integrity and good reputation. At the end of the day people will still prefer honest people over dishonest ones. In short, honesty is still and will always be the best policy.
Lisa is a Professional Writer/Consultant with over 15 years of experience in Professional Writing Public speaking, and Human Resources in Organizational Development. She manages a Professional Writing business which includes Résumé Writing, Business Letter Writing, Essays, Business Plans, Website Content, Editing Jobs, Press Kits, and other writing requirements.