As we grow and new experiences and opportunities open up to us, we begin to learn how to deal with things, and sometimes we get to learn new words. Today’s word is snafu: A confused or chaotic state; a mess.
Entrepreneurs, business owners, leaders, and go-get-er’s tend to get ourselves into interesting pickles more than most other folks. We’re the ones chasing the dreams, and we usually do what we need to do to make those dreams happen. Sometimes, we meet one road-block after the next, people get in our way, and the system tries to stifle our efforts. We can get to feeling like we’re on the raw end of a high-score Whack-a-Mole game. It’s in these moments of stress and chaos that we need the one key ingredient. It’s the best way I’ve found to get things untangled. The secret is: honesty.
When we’re faced with road-blocks that are keeping us from our goals, it’s easy to resort to an at-all-costs attitude. We’re often the type of folks to pick up the pieces later, and unfortunately, that can mean we’ll blaze a trail of part-truths to make our goal. However, we should consider differentiating ourselves with the simple truth.
Today’s society lacks honesty in every measure. The business, advertising, and customer relations world is fraught with deception. So much so that if we confront people with look-you-in-the-eye, bald-faced honesty, they are surprised! And they’re not only surprised, but they begin to trust us. And trust is the heart of every transaction and relationship we’ll ever be a part of.
I don’t often quote Shakespeare, but here’s something he wrote for his play Hamlet:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Maybe I’ll have to find a few more sayings from the master of the pen; after all, he knew the secret to untangling snafus.
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