To Thine Own-Self be True...

Real Estate Agent with RadnorLake Video

To Thine Own-self be True...
     Let's face it, we all lie. We lie to our friends, we lie to our clients and we lie to ourselves. Is lying a good thing? It depends.
     Lying to friends and clients is not ever a good thing. Yes, we may get by from time to time telling "little white lies", but what does that hurt you may ask. It hurts you and the integrity of the business you are in. Even if you are never found out, it puts a chink in the armor of integrity.
     Lying to yourself is a double edged sword. The mind cannot differentiate between what is real or what is imagined. When lying to one's self is used constructively, such as in daily affirmations to build confidence, strength or visualize what you want or where you want to be is okay. Lying to yourself for destructive purposes is not.
     So is telling yourself something that isn't true a lie? Maybe, maybe not. It could be that you are telling yourself the hidden truth all along. Maybe, just maybe, you are being inspired by the Creator to be the person He wants you to be.

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Comments (20)

Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I just want to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.  And that's no lie!

And doing pretty well, by the way.

Feb 17, 2012 07:16 PM
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

You have a very cynical point of view. Honesty is not hard to achieve. People live by their word. Yes, there are prevaricators out there. But I prefer to believe that most people are straight shooters.

Feb 17, 2012 07:16 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Michael.  You have to have a really good memory to be a good liar.  It is easier to tell the truth.

Feb 17, 2012 07:21 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning, Jay. Yes, dogs love you unconditionally. I believe that God knew what he was doing when he created the animal.

Erv, Cynical? Not really. I believe I have a very positive point of view and attitude. I respect your opinion as we all have one...

Feb 17, 2012 07:22 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Like Jay, my cat knows who I am and my children definitely do...i learned long ago that honesty hurts but works and it leaves behind no regrets...get in your own truth to have a non-regreting life...i like it Michael.

Feb 17, 2012 07:37 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Michael, wow, you are getting more and more philisophical these days! It is far easier to tell the truth, trying to remember the lie is what usually gets people caught. Too much damn work.

Then there is always the issue of different points of view... no two people see things in the same way... are they lying?

It's too early, I haven't even finished my coffee yet.

Feb 17, 2012 08:04 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

So telling myself that mini donuts have no calories is probably not in my best interests.....

Feb 17, 2012 08:08 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael,

It is so much easier to tell the truth..what a tangled web we weave when we don't :) Many times there are two or more viewpoints and not sure any of them is a lie...I need to get my first cup of coffee..I have a basketball game of my granddaughter's to get to!


Feb 17, 2012 08:25 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Michael, very philosophical and in my humble opinion, spot on, as they say. Some may disagree and theytoo, are entitled to their opinion. Enjoy your day! 

Feb 17, 2012 08:33 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Sir Michael~I lie to myself almost on a daily basis.  I look in the mirror and what I see in return is a 20 year old with lots of hair, smooth face and strong features <sigh>  ;~)

Feb 17, 2012 09:03 PM
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

 Michael, The truth is to easy and not much memory is needed to keep up with the truth! I need all the memory I can get even more than my computer. Have a great day!

Feb 17, 2012 09:14 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I've been referred to as "painfully" honest, so you know where I stand on if  I like, there's too much to remember, not worth it.

Feb 17, 2012 09:16 PM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Lying to yourself is like cheating at solitaire! I can't remember who said it but if you always tell the truth, you don't need to remember what you said.

Feb 17, 2012 09:27 PM
Michael Thornton
RadnorLake Video - Nashville, TN
Nashville Area - Photography & Videography

Craig, Mark Twain... 

Feb 17, 2012 09:44 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

This is almost too deep for a Saturday morning. You're right, we have all lied. It is NEVER a good thing. It's difficult  to always tell the truth. Ie: Do you like my new haircut?  Sometimes we select the easy path, but that does not make it right.  We need to learn to take a negative and turn it in to a positive. "I really liked the other hairstyle better, but it's not your hair that makes me adore you." (sometimes easier said than done.) HA!

Feb 17, 2012 10:09 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs weight is just fine the way it is....yeah, that's the ticket :)  Okay, I know that's not true.  We can delude ourselves, or face reality.  Now doing what is needed to fix it is another story altogether.  Bill

Feb 17, 2012 11:47 PM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Ha...Lying was a no no in my Mum's World and somehow she always knew when you were you suppose our clients do bet they suspect.


Feb 17, 2012 11:52 PM
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

To Thine Own Self Be True says it all Michael. Very good points here both in your blog and the comments that follow.

Feb 18, 2012 12:55 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael  what brought this on ..there must be more to this than meets the eye ..Lie????


Feb 18, 2012 04:07 AM
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Very nicely said Michael!  Very nicely said.  :)

Feb 26, 2012 11:55 AM