Be honest but not stupid

“In her business, there were many who laughed at honest men, calling them easy pickings. That was a fallacy. Being honest did not make one naive. A dishonest fool and an honest fool were equally easy to scam; you just went about it in different ways.
However, a man who was honest and clever was always, always more difficult to scam than someone who was both dishonest and clever.
Sincerity. It was so difficult, by definition, to fake.”

Brandin Sanderson, The Emperor’s Soul

Being honest does not mean that you have to say everything it just means that you are honest in what you share. A very honest response would be:

  • “I can’t talk about that right now.”
  • “I don’t feel like talking about that.”

Being honest mean that you want people to be honest with you as well, but it does not mean that you trust everyone you meet.

If you want people to be honest with you, the you have to be honest with them.