Mafioso: When Honesty Is The Best Policy

When you’ve given your word

A wiseguy’s 🙂 word means more than most people can fathom. If he’s promised something and made it clear that he’s given his word, then he can’t really turn around and do the opposite — this is where honesty is the best policy. To go back on one’s word can have very grave consequences. In fact, heads roll when vows are broken in the world I know. Also, you can forget about ever being trusted again if you squelch on a deal. When you’ve given your word, honesty is the best policy available to you.

When dishonesty makes someone you respect look bad

Your lies are your own and should never reflect someone else’s image or deeds, particularly one of your colleagues. No one should be accountable for them but you, and if you are willing to tell a lie in order to achieve an end, be prepared to deal with the backlash that comes along with it. Keep in mind that when you speak on behalf of another person or organization, you have an added obligation to do be direct and straightforward — this is clearly a time when honesty is the best policy.

Also, never do anything that makes your family look bad in the eyes of others. This is the quickest way to earn yourself a world of pain and misery. I’ve said it before, The family should be placed ahead of all else. 😉

When your reputation is at stake

A lie can easily come back to haunt you, so be careful when dealing with people you may work with again. A quick and easy score is never worth your long-term status and future profitability, so don’t jeopardize your position/career by making false claims that won’t go unnoticed.

If you do tell a lie in order to get a result and it’s uncovered, you’ll have to deal with all kinds of lingering allegations of corruption as well as a stream of inflammatory comments by others. So you really have to weigh the benefits. Is it worth the headache you will likely receive if and when the truth is revealed? This is an instance when honesty is the best policy. 😀


~ by alepinho87 on April 15, 2008.

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