To Be Honest

Why is it that people who lie nine straight times are offended when no one believes them on the tenth?

I’m surprised by the number of people who don’t seem to know the importance of reputation. I remember a student, not mine but another teacher’s, who handed in a paper and received an F on it because the instructor thought it was copied. The student argued up and down that it wasn’t. Now, I couldn’t tell you for sure whether it was copied or not, but I can tell you that the student didn’t hand in much, if any, homework throughout the year.  Then, this student questions why the teacher doesn’t believe the story.
I know people change for the better. People have changes of heart all the time and work to make their lives better and to get people to trust and respect them. Now, the thing is, if you are honest, forthright, and respectful from the beginning, people will trust you so much more easily. If someone lies to me nine times in a row and then tells me his or her tenth message is totally true, I’m going to laugh in his or her face. Why can’t people understand that once they lose the trust of others it is nearly impossible to gain it back? If you have proven untrustworthy in the past, then you can’t expect to be trusted just on your say so.
It takes hard work and long hours to build up a reputation, but only seconds to tear it down. Then, it takes ten times longer to build it back up again than it did the first time, and despite your many efforts, some people will never trust you again. You might want to remember that the next time you lie or otherwise mistreat another person, especially if you like having that person in your life.
NOTE: I’m lowering the price of Walt Michaels is a Weenie. I’ll let you know to what as soon as it goes through the process. I want people to buy the book and enjoy it, perhaps write some reviews on it, not get rich from it.

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