As a reminder, just as lighthouses are powerful lights used to avoid dangerous areas; lighthouse principles are powerful beacons to guide successful people in all endeavors in life. They rise above so that they can be easily detected and used to navigate any situation involving the specific principle.

If you choose to ignore the principle then you run the risk of running aground and preventing yourself from moving forward. You will find out how critical they are if you live your life in contrast to the principles. This is the fourth in a series of blogs that are dedicated to highlighting the 10 principles that spell out L-I-G-H-T-H-O-U-S-E:

• Listening
• Integrity
• Gratitude
• Honesty
• Trust
• Humbleness
• Optimism
• Understanding
• Strategy
• Empathy

Honesty is a foundational principle and is a way to relieve stress. It should never be viewed as a convenient commodity when it best suits you – it becomes a way of life for successful people. The honest person does not have to manage how s/he communicates. There are not many versions of the same story. Honesty is said to be extremely freeing.

Successful people demonstrate honesty in many ways such as: thinking before they speak, saying what they mean and meaning what they say. Rather than complicate, they simplify their messages so that everyone clearly understands what they are saying. They make sure they let it be known if they have a bias or conflict of interest. If they are misquoted or misrepresented they act quickly to set the record straight. They let their intent be understood behind any decisions they make that affect others. They get in the habit of thanking people [Gratitude] when they are told things about themselves that they might not agree or appreciate but are being shared with them for their growth and/or development.

Honesty means that you try to do your best and you accept the consequences of your actions. Successful people accept and take responsibility for their mistakes or errors in judgment as soon as they learn about them. It is not about being perfect; it is about being honest that we are human.