The Value of Telling It to You Straight

Whether it is in your personal life or your business, it is an absolute must that you have someone that will be honest with you—realizing that they are doing it for your own good, not theirs.

So, I have a coach that told it to me straight—concise, direct and exactly what I needed to hear.

OK, so you find someone that cares about you enough to tell it to you straight—now what? Are you going to take their advice and do something about it?  Or, are you going to smile and listen and then keep doing what you are doing?  The choice is yours—but your decision makes all the difference in the world.

It doesn’t make any difference whether it is your family, your business or your friends. Having someone willing to tell it to you straight means you absolutely must have a great relationship with them. And life is all about relationships.  With your family, your team, your community, your church, etc.  The most important thing in your life is not what tangible items you have, but rather what relationships you have.

So, let’s assume you want someone to be honest with you and tell it to you straight. What do you need to build the relationships that will lead to that? Here are three things to consider:

  1. Invest time in building relationships—mark the most important words here; it is an investment of your time, something you can’t get more of, so it’s valuable
  2. Ask people to tell it to you straight—give them permission
  3. Take action on their advice—i.e. listen and then do something. The difference this makes will be a game changer for you.

Tony Marder, President                                                                                                                                                            ASM Ventures Corporation

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