I’ll start with an extract from Solomon’s book of proverbs;
“truthful witness by a good person clears the air, but liars lay down a smoke screen of deceit”
It’s quite unfortunate that individuals, many of which are businesspersons, find it pretty easy to deceive people to buy their ideas than to truthfully convince them.
Let me share a quick experience. A friend of mine had a migraine and decided to purchase herbal medicine popularly called “agbo” because she felt it was a faster remedy. She met the trader and sincerely explained the problem. The trader sold the drug assuring her that it was going to work just fine. Days passed without improvements and she got bothered. Suddenly, she found a label on the drug containing its functions and decided to read it. To her earnest surprise, she didn’t find anything related to what she was struggling with. Alas, she vowed never to patronize the trader again.
Honesty is being scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying or fraud. In simple terms, it means being upright.
Irrespective of what we’ve been told or taught while growing, it is expedient that we be as transparent as possible. Like I always say, people are smart and can tell when a person is being honest. No employer wants to work with a dishonest employee, no partner wants a dishonest relationship, no parent want a dishonest child and vice-versa; it destroy Trust.
I’ll give another example, my mum called a plumber to help fix some things at home. When it was time to bill my mum, he started by analysing a lot of things that made it seem like he was charging her the cost price and an additional of 500 naira as his workmanship. He did the work, got paid, and left. Few weeks later, that same thing he repaired got faulty. My mum decided to try another plumber who billed less, and explained to her that the last plumber used a fake tool. Ever since then, the honest plumber has been getting all the faults fixed and a lot of referrals because of one single honest act.
It is simply impossible to violate, ignore, or shortcut this development process as it is a major tool to success/successful living. If you’ve been buying your way out of situations by being dishonest, then I plead with you, STOP IT. A popular quote says;
“many days for the thief; one day for the owner” Anonymous