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Honesty Speaks for Itself

Posted by | June 25, 2015 | Leadership, Workplace

Via LinkedIn : People don’t have to convince others about their honesty because honesty speaks for itself through words and actions. When the words that you say are aligned with your actions in a transparent manner, you are honest. You are don’t need to resource to promoting your honesty or boast about it. Your honesty will be acknowledged by others naturally. Honesty is extremely beneficial for yourself and everyone else.

Your honesty can influence others to be honest

Being honest seems to be something that the world doesn’t value as much as it did before. In fact, values such honesty are decaying day by day in the world. You don’t have to be part of that. You have the power to stand up for what you believe in and be an honest person. Your honesty can influence others to be honest, and create positive and impactful change in the world in small ways.

This past Tuesday, I attended a birthday celebration at an Italian restaurant. After we finished eating and celebrating, the waitress gave us our bills. Some of us paid with debit cards and others with cash. The waitress left to run the transactions, then she returned to give us back our debit cards and cash change. One of my girlfriends was surprised because she got a lot of change back. It didn’t make sense to her. So, she looked carefully at the bill.

Honesty adds significant value to your life and to the lives of others

My friend didn’t feel comfortable about the situation and asked the waitress why she received extra cash back. The waitress said to her “You gave me a bill of $50 and another of $20, and your total bill was less than $40.” My friend then understood what had happened. She thought she had given the waitress two $20 bills. All of us, at the table, noticed the honesty of the waitress and the honesty of our friend. The waitress could have very easily taken the extra cash and our friend would’ve not found out.

This was a neat experience that added significant value to my life, and to the lives of everyone at the table. My friend was very thankful to the waitress for her honesty and in return, she left her a very generous tip. Both, the waitress and my friend showed mutual honesty. I admire and highly appreciate people like them. The waitress didn’t say to my friend, “Look, I am going to be honest… you gave me extra cash to cover your bill,” instead, she demonstrated her honesty through her action.

Honesty is something that money can’t buy

“Honesty is a value that you highly embrace. It is part of you and it shines through the richness of your character. Honesty will always triumph.” Ivette K. Caballero

“Honesty is a very expensive gift, Don’t expect it from cheap people.” Warren Buffett

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” Zig Ziglar

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” William Shakespeare

“There are four very important words in life. Real love, honesty, truth, and respect. Without these in your life you have nothing.” Unknown

“The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.” Scott Hamilton

“Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.” Stephen Covey

“If you want to be trusted, be honest. If you want to be honest, be true. If you want to be true, be yourself.” Unknown

“Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.” Zig Ziglar

“Respect is earned: Honesty is appreciated: Trust is gained: Loyalty is returned.” Unknown

Have you lost something and the person who found it returned it to you?, What does honesty mean to you? Please share in the comments section below.

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