10 Ways Honesty Makes You More Money

(dishonesty will ultimately hold you back)

Admit it: you were jealous of Bernie Madoff. For a split second. That night in December, 2008 when you first heard the news, interrupting the ongoing panic of every bank going out of business, every job disappearing, every ATM machine running out of cash, the organic fruit at the farmer’s market skyrocketing to $200 an apple. For a brief moment, you heard that news and you thought, “He stole $65 billion. Man, I would’ve had cosmetic surgery on my face and then moved to Brazil with that kind of money.”

(dishonesty will ultimately hold you back)

And then the truth came out. The news that the money was never there in the first place. The suicides. The owner of the Mets managed to get his money back just in time. A woman from Minnesota called me, crying, saying “why is it they keep going on about the poor jews who lost their money. I’m a Christian and I lost my last $800,000.” It became a bit more real then. Madoff in jail. His wife was left with a measly million or two and finally the horror of their son killing himself.

But, for a moment, there was: what would I do with $65 billion?

And then reality: the only way to make money in this world is to lie and steal.

I get that question a lot (i.e. more than twice in the past few weeks) in my Twitter Q&A sessions: why is it that you have to be dishonest to succeed in this world? And people don’t believe me when I say that’s not true. They say back, “that’s not been my experience.”

Not: do you have to be dishonest to succeed? Nobody asks that. People seem to know the answer already and they want to know, structurally, why is this truth?

Capitalism is still suffering from the mortal blow struck it in 2008. Everyone was a crook. And Madoff was just the tip of the iceberg. Mubarak’s family ran away with $200 billion by the time he was kicked out of Egypt. Every day I get in my inbox news of another Ponzi scheme. Yesterday it was a $4.9 million dollar hedge fund down in some swamp country in Florida.

Why? People want to know. People maybe want some justification. Maybe they are really asking: ok, I’ve been avoiding it until now but should I take the plunge and start being dishonest in order to make money? And then maybe the next question: can you give a “top 10” for how to be dishonest and make money?

The problem is this: they are completely wrong. Dishonesty  never works. Honesty is the only way to make money in today’s world.

Nobody believes me on this. People laugh at me. “Don’t you know anything? Of course dishonest people step on the honest people and have more success.” People want to justify their own failures and use their pretend-goodness to explain why they didn’t start Google, or steal $65 billion, or get that last promotion when the backstabbing bitch from aisle3 got the raise after doing who knows what.

But here’s the truth.

Dishonesty works…until it doesn’t. Everyone messes up. And when you are dishonest you are given only one chance and then it’s over. You’re out of the game, at least until you get your act straight and you have to start from scratch with your tail between your legs.

Honesty compounds. It compounds exponentially. No matter what happens in your bank account, in your career, in your promotions, in your startups.  Honesty compounds exponentially over not days or weeks but years and decades. More people trust your word and spread the news that you are a person to be sought out, sought after, given opportunity, given help, given money. This is what will build your empire.

I know this through countless failures. The more times I fail but communicate about it, the more times I make no money at all but let someone have ideas for free, the more times I try to “get mine” but only end up getting stabbed by those who think its ok to be dishonest, the greater the number of seeds planted and the more money in the long run I’ve made.  Be dishonest once, and all of those seeds will be washed away in a thunderstorm of life-killing proportions. A hurricane of despair that will sweep away all of your opportunities forever.

10 Ways to Be Honest:

–          Give Credit. Even if the ideas were all yours. Even if you made nothing on them. Even if they were blatantly stolen. Give credit and move on. Hoarding your ideas for the moment when you can shine, will only leave by yourself in a dimly lit room.

–          BE THE SOURCE. “But if I give ideas for free, what if they could’ve made a billion dollars. I always get screwed by my partners.” If you are the source of ideas then you are ALWAYS the source. Forget the losers who steal. Move on. You become THE fountain of ideas. People come to the fountain and make wishes and throw money in. Don’t be a trickle of dirty water. Be the fountain and let people know it by giving away all credit and rewards.

–          Introduce Two People. Every day you can think of at least two people to introduce to each other that will help each other. You don’t have to be in the middle. “Take me off cc” you should say. Let them help each other. Let them benefit. You don’t need to be in the middle and benefit this time. You’ll benefit next time. Or the time after that. Even if it means giving up opportunities for yourself if you think someone else would be better for the job.

–          Take the Blame. I messed up in October, 2008. I was going through separation, financial crisis, I was scared out of my mind. I was managing a little bit of money a hedge fund had allocated me. I was down that month. It was ground zero of the goddamn financial crisis. I would sleep in my hammock until it would rain and storm all over me and the next thing I would know the Dow was down another 700 points while I was soaked and sick and angry. The hedge fund manager called me at the end of the month and said, “look, I’ve called you 10 times and you didn’t return the call. Just return the call once and it would’ve been ok. Now I’ve got to take the money back.” He was right. We’re good friends now and have worked together since but it took a few years to build back the trust.

–          Don’t lead a double life. Everything you do takes up space in your brain. If you live a double life (and you know what I mean if I’m talking to you) then that extra life takes up neurons and synapses working overtime. The brain can’t handle it. It starts to degrade instead of grow. Living a double lilfe might’ve given you momentary pleasure but now your brain is heading straight for the gutter. And your finances, which is a reflection of the health of your brain, will fall straight into the sewer with it.

–          Don’t be Angry. Anger is a form of dishonesty. Nobody’s perfect. It’s a lie to expect the people around you to be perfect. Sometimes I’m angry at my kids. But they are just kids. Sometimes I’m angry at people I’m trying to do deals with. But they have their own motivations, fears, worries, anxieties. They don’t have to do everything I expect of them. So my anger is really a belief that they should do what I expect them to do. That’s lying to myself and dishonest in my expectations of them.  Of course, you can’t control your anger. Sometimes it just happens. But note it for what it is, examine it, and try to turn it around, even just a little – in order to learn more about yourself rather than to blame someone else. That’s where the honesty will compound.

–          No excuses. When I lost money in October, 2008 it was easy to blame a manipulated market and all the criminals that led it to be that way. When I lost millions of dollars in 2000 to the point of going completely broke and losing my home it was easy to blame an “Internet bust” and “corrupt CEOs” rather than my own lack of experience in the world of money. Excuses are easy lies we tell ourselves to cover up our failures. One such excuse is, “only dishonest people get ahead.” This is also a lie.

–          Make Others Look Good. This is more than just giving credit. There’s a commonly quoted rule in management: “The Pareto Rule” – which states that 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. This is, in part, a product of an inferior standardized educational system where kids for 20 years are encouraged to do the minimum required to pass and make to the the next “level” on some imaginary ladder of success. But everyone wants to be acknowledged for small achievement. Take out your microscope. Acknowledge even the smallest accomplishments done by the people around you. Bring more and more of the people around you into the 20%. At heart, everyone wants to be perceived as special. That’s because everyone is special but are often never acknowledged that way. You be different. Be aware of the smallest movements around you and acknowledge them. Nobody will forget that.

–          Don’t gossip. One time I trashed an entrepreneur I had invested in to another investor. Later that day I was supposed to have dinner with the entrepreneur. By that time, just four hours later, he had heard I trashed him. He never trusted me again. People always hear. And if they don’t hear, they feel, because word gets around. And you can’t predict this. And it’s another way of living a double life.

–          Do what you say you’re going to do. Be that guy.

BONUS POINT: Ok, I said 10. But I’m doing 11. In 1999 some of my employees in my first company left and started a competitor. Some of my partners were mad. I encouraged the employees. How come? Because nobody needs to be my employee for their entire lives. Always help people grow into their own potential. My only thing I tell these people is: “if you ever find me in the gutter with a needle sticking out of my elbow, please help me out.” They laugh and say, “that will never happen.” Believe me. Anything can happen. I’ve been helped out of that gutter more than once.

I haven’t always been honest. I try. And I hope I’m getting better. I try every day to improve and to follow the advice above. Else I wouldn’t give the advice.

But I’ve seen it. People who have been in business for 10, 20, 40 years. Honestly compounds little by little. And that compounding turns into millions or billions. The dishonest people disappear. They die. They go to jail. They don’t maximize their potential. They run. They are scared.

You will have nobody to run from.  Some people will hate you. Some people will doubt your sincerity. But the people who need someone to call, someone to share with, someone to give to, these people will know who to call. They will call you.

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  • JAlexander

    God damn James! You are my hero.

  • Kevin Redick

    Very well stated and so true! I have to admit they’re are moments when I have dishonest thoughts to shortcut getting a deal done. Then that little voice says, “No”, and stay on the road less traveled.

  • Richard

    Great article today, James! I run my chimney service on being honest with my customers and don’t try to rip them off. I believe that’s one of the reasons I have a high percentage of repeat customers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ciaranarchy Ciaran Murphy

    Great article and very true. I love what you say about honesty, and how this blog is an exercise in practicing it. I should mention that this is true in relationships as well as business. A few years ago I was dishonest in a relationship and I hurt a very sweet person who didn’t deserve it at all. I let my ego get in the way. I wanted to feel like I was a player. A ladies man. I looked in the mirror and saw James Bond. I was truly pathetic! And the worst part is I was dishonest with myself afterwards. It took me a while to realise that it was all my fault (another maxim of yours James). That relationship was always doomed, but we could have parted with smiles on both faces. Now I feel glad to have learned that lesson for myself when I was so young: dishonesty destroys happiness.

  • Art Cabral

    I had been dishonest all my life. Not in everything, just in things that would benefit ME! It makes me sick to think of it. I try so hard now NOT to be dishonest. The woman I’ve been with for the past 8 1/2 years is the most honest person I have ever known and she has helped me to be honest. And now this blog will help me even more. Thank you James.

  • Madav

    Excellent piece of 24kt gold as usual from the guru

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.hull.505 Tom Hull


  • DerekDoepker

    Excellent points! Speaking purely in terms of success rather than morality, dishonesty is a form of instant gratification that loses out in the long run. Dishonest practices may get one a temporary short term success, but when those dishonest practices are discovered it will surely backfire ruining any long term potential.

    Honest people on the other hand are making a long term investment that will compound over time leaving the dishonest people in the dust… or as you say in jail, dead, or long forgotten.

  • Adrian

    Hi James, love your stuff, do you still do the expanded answers to your twitter Q&A sessions? I miss them.

    Thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.d.brown Jason Douglas Brown

    I learned from this post that anger is a form of dishonesty. Wow. Where did you learn that?

  • http://twitter.com/NoahLampert NoahLampert

    It really is the best policy.

  • http://twitter.com/TullyStoll Cheryl Tully Stoll

    James this is a phenomenal article. The one thing that can never be taken from you is your integrity–that YOU have to give away!

  • Kuldip Singh

    In today’s world,dishonesty wins because we are going through the period of falsehood. When the period of righteousness comes,honesty will rule the world.
    Should not be too long to wait for righteousness to came.With the LIBOR scandal in the banking sector,we are pretty much at the rock bottom!

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      I don’t think we are going through a period of falsehood. This period is no different than any other period. And dishonesty never wins in the long run. I’ve never seen that to be the case but there are countless examples where honesty wins, even in this period.

      • BestPolicy

        The problem with declarations like “dishonesty never wins” is that we don’t know how many people got away with being dishonest. One lie can make your career skyrocket, and you may never be caught (some are, but not even close to all). Some people need only be dishonest once and can retire on the result. I think we greatly underestimate how many people have not been caught being dishonest. I still choose honesty, and it’s been good to me, but my eyes are wide open to the reality that many successful people are dishonest.

        • http://twitter.com/amit0101 Amit Thaker

          But the person who has lied will ALWAYS KNOW. That will be his undoing, though not necessarily in the place where he lied for advantage.That kind of guilt is a massive lead weight on one’s self. And denial, rationalization etc… are all forms of guilt. IMO

        • http://twitter.com/amit0101 Amit Thaker

          And denial, rationalization etc… are all forms of guilt. IMO

  • http://masafumimatsumoto.com/ Masafumi Matsumoto

    Here’s my honest thanks to you, James. I got and read Claudia’s e-book via your recommendation, and added Ashtanga Yoga’s Sun Salutations to my morning routine. It’s been about 10 days so far, and I’ve been enjoying it a lot, so I’ll keep doing it and start working on the rest of the primary series eventually.

    Also, thanks for this article, James. I especially liked the one on anger. I never thought about anger this way.

    I’m guessing that those people who believe honesty doesn’t work aren’t rich, partly because they don’t follow great advice like this. Don’t deceive anyone, and EVEN IF you don’t gain anything from being honest, you’ve got nothing to lose. But being dishonest… you might get away for a short term, but not in the long run!

  • http://justfeltlikeblogging.wordpress.com/ Laszlo

    Another excellent post James. Thank you for the effort and great job summarizing it.

    Not that I have to, but if I would want to single out one of the points you mentioned: I think “No excuses” is a very important one. I see unfortunately way too many examples when people are not owning up to a problem. Most of the people have always someone else, something else or both to blame and whoever they blame, that person will have their own someone else, something else to blame, etc. At the end it seems, that despite we have a problem, nobody really owns it. It might be because everybody is afraid of being fired, sued or whatever else, so it is much easier to find excuses.
    “No excuses” can actually cover some of the other points as well, like “Take the blame”. Here I think it all starts with owning up to a mistake, taking ownership of a problem => “No excuses’. Another one is a “Don’t lead a double life”. I think the double life usually starts with an excuse as well. That excuse to serve as a reason why one started the double life, which leads to => “No excuses”.
    Keep it up James!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawnrubel Shawn Rubel

    Hi James. Great article. However, I find it interesting that you’re telling us to “Give Credit… even if they were blatantly stolen…”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m going to go ahead and assume you didn’t take any of the photos you are using on this blog.

    Don’t you think you should be “giving credit” back to the original photographer? Please read up on creative commons licensing if you don’t know about it already.

    Also please consider using my site Compfight.com to find creative commons licensed photos that are free to use on your blog. Or the WordPress plugin that helps you easily “give credit” to where credit is due quickly and easily within WordPress.

    Uploading and hosting someone else’s photos on your blog isn’t cool if they’re not cool with it. Usually they’re fine if you just give credit back to them via a link.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andy-Svakova/589049253 Andy Sváková

      hi, can i use them too?:) i will give you credit:)

    • Jeffrey

      I checked out your site, Shawn, but have yet to see where you, yourself, were giving credit to the collection of photos; many of which are simply links to personal Flicker accounts. That said, I don’t see how you can justfy implying that James may be blatantly stealing photos and then turn around and push your own photo search site that fishes personal Flicker accounts. Just a thought…

      • http://www.facebook.com/shawnrubel Shawn Rubel

        Jeffery, it’s all about attribution. Compfight is a tool to search photos on Flickr that are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. If you notice we are directly sending the traffic back to Flickr so we are not hosting any photos. We ARE giving credit back to the original photographer by linking directly to their photo.

        If we were hosting the photos on our server, then yes, we would need to give proper credit. But we are not. Flickr provides a free API to use so developers like us can further enhance the photo searching experience and in exchange we drive a lot of traffic back to Flickr.

  • Bill

    Another good one, James. As for the part on Anger, I find that Anger is always a secondary emotion. Before there’s anger, there’s hurt, embarrassment, disappointment or something like that. Then I get angry. If I take time to look at what feeling(s) preceded the anger, I can deal with that and the anger disappears as if it never existed.

  • Ctreporter

    It’s funny how people say they don’t believe in karma….but that’s what this post is all about. What comes around goes around.

  • kamalravikant

    I really like this, was going to say, “contrarian view,” but why does honesty have to be contrarian? Thank you for this.

  • http://jameshamlett.com/ James Hamlett

    Honesty seems corny to some people but it is really the only way to go. Who wants all of that negative energy coming back to them. We also have to sincerely applaud honest people and their quiet display of character on a daily basis.

  • Farmer

    Never sell your soul for 30 pieces of silver.

  • Farmer

    Honesty will be valued more in the coming years. Those who sell their soul for 30 pieces of silver always regret it. The fiat paper people strive for will fail and humanity will value what it truly valuable. Family, friends, honesty, and kindness.

  • Mehran

    Dishonesty can save your life!: ” Abram and Lot and their households, travelled south to Egypt. En route, Abram told his wife Sarai, to only say that she was his sister, so that the Egyptians would not kill him.”

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Perhaps Abram was a bad husband. Look what he did to Hagar and Ishmael.

  • Clint Nelson

    Amazing! Dishonesty absolutely leads to failure and shame.
    Today I was teaching a lesson on honesty to a group of young men, I told them how I had been dishonest a few years ago and gotten 2 “stated income” loans and I got exactly what I deserved.. I lost everything. My credit is destroyed. My experience is exactly what this article is about.. It is a lesson I hope I never forget.

  • 4thaugust1932

    Does it work in business environment?

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      It most of all works in a business environment.

    • justanotheremployee

      I hate people who lie at work, about work. I know, strong word and all that. But seriously, the only reason why you would have to lie at work is if you weren’t doing what you’re supposed to have been doing, and if you’re breaking the rules maybe you should be fired. Your employer pays you to do what they want. So, do what you’re told and when you make a mistake the boss will (should) give you the slack you need. Employees that do the right things (and don’t f-off all the time) are so rare that they’ll generally shield you from a mistake. And if they don’t, then you need to be somewhere thet you’ll be appreciated.

  • http://twitter.com/MrBaileyMKS David Bailey

    You are probably right that most dishonest people will mess up and wind up hurting themselves. Plato made this argument about the tyrant and dishonest man. But what about all of the people they step on, rip off and profit from along the way?
    What about being honest in a dishonest system like our current financial system? How many bankers, lawyers, lobbyists etc are getting away with it right now? It is a small consolation to the people whose lives they are ruining that eventually the dishonest people might fail or suffer for their actions. Eventually getting caught doesn’t repair the damage they may have done.
    Being dishonest does pay until it doesn’t. Honesty pays all the time even if it only to yourself. In the end we have to live with ourselves and what we have done.

    • Cynic

      While we’re on this… How many bankers, lawyers, lobbyists have happily retired from a career profiting from stepping on and ripping off people? It’s not any consolation at all that the majority of these people will live happily ever after.

  • ExitTheMatrix

    I’ve always considered myself fortunate to be a terrible liar. The guilt is more than I can tolerate… except on those loaded questions by friends or family that requires an honest answer that THEY WILL NOT LIKE. Then I’m a pro… well, used to be. I married a brutally honest man and his ways have rubbed off on me. Now my honesty gets me into trouble at times! LOL I agree with what you are saying and, as usual, love your column!

  • Richard

    Daily reader here. A lot of your posts resonate with me partly. This one hit the bullseye. Excellent thought and article. I have shared it all morning. It is a must-read.

  • chimera

    Excellent post. I think that is another interpretation for people who believe in karma. (not that I do) but sooner or later your actions catch up with you and if you are dishonest , it would come to bite you. I also enjoyed the comparison of anger to being dishonest. These days I try to control my anger or irritation in multiple ways and thinking that it is dishonest seems like one of the ways.

  • James Kostohryz

    Incredible article, James! In my opinion, you are the most interesting writer on business related subjects.

  • DoNiceGuysFinishLast

    Two points…

    First, James, you say dishonest people eventually disappear. Maybe, but they often disappear after they’ve reaped substantial rewards with no substantial penalty. A huge nest egg, property, and a fantastic lifestyle. They fade away (retire early) and settle for going boating out of their beautiful waterfront home and skiing from their magnificent mountain home. Doesn’t matter if nobody will take their calls anymore. The damage was done. The riches were acquired. To the honest person who achieves less than a dishonest peer, this is grossly unfair. The honest person has his integrity, while the dishonest person has the lifestyle. Sometime it’s a bitter pill to swallow.
    The other point is, everyone is dishonest at times. Almost any financial negotiation involves lying. “I can’t possibly afford to pay that much.” (I can afford far more than your reasonable price, but I want to get the very best possible deal, at your expense) “I’m not completely sold on your product/service, and I am looking at a number of other options.” (I absolutely want it, I’ve already decided to buy it, but I will squeeze you until you crack from the pressure)Some say this type of lying is shrewd, while others say it is just being greedy. The best negotiation is when both parties feel they got a fair deal. The worst deals are when one side feels forced into taking a bad deal rather than no deal, and the other side knows they totally won the negotiation.
    I’m sure Donald Trump uses lies all the time to negotiate better deals on the businesses he is in. Sometimes lying is the most efficient way to get a better deal. I’ll leave the morality of it to others.

  • DoNiceGuysFinishLast

    As a follow up to dishonest people winning without penalty…
    A great example is the guy who sells “herbal remedies” or “positive ion bracelets” that amount to nothing more than snake oil, and makes millions before being outed and shutting it down. Yes, that business is over, but not until he scammed people out of millions through his dishonest, but not necessarily illegal business. Late night TV is filled with these dishonest people making millions with their sketchy claims that dance on the borders of legality. See all herbal male enhancement commercials, for example.

    • mike

      actaully, all medicine, even from the pharmaceutical industry, all originally was found in plants before they figured out how to synthetically create the chemicals in a lab. It’s a very confusing subject because its not as potent and concentrated, and the proportions are not standardized, but even the medical industry acknowledges this.

  • Michel

    Excellent post, James. Another way of putting it is that in a free market, dishonesty has no economic value. A dishonest producer will rapidly be out-competed by an honest one. The reason dishonesty does well is when it is protected by regulation that makes it harder for the customer to sniff it out. Madoff and the like have all used some legal cover to fool people for longer than the would otherwise have been able to. The answer is not more regulation, which the connivers can use to their benefit, but less regulation and better enforcement of contracts.

  • Michel

    Great post, James. Another way of putting it is that dishonesty has no economic value in a free market. A dishonest producer will always be out-competed by an honest one unless some mechanism is in place, usually a regulation, that protects the deceiver from being sniffed out by the customer. Madoff and the likes have all used legal cover to hide their game. The answer is not more regulation (which connivers know how to use to their benefit), but fewer laws with better enforcement of contracts.

  • nancy

    I don’t know is you are right,I am retired but I was honest in my two bussines in New York and Florida,no to much people call me,and all my life was help the workers and customer.
    May be you are right,because I live in pease and with a beutifull family.

  • dwdial

    I say, “Honesty is the simplest policy.” It’s too much work trying to keep track of which lie was told to which person. It’s far simpler to tell the truth and keep a clear mind. Also, remember: One lie requires the help of other lies to stand; the truth stands alone.

  • Byrd

    James, I’ve bot your book, followed your work around the street and found you here somehow. I’ve shared many of your experiences after my 45 years on this planet. I have been thinking of writing a blog just like this now I don’t have to. This is much easier. Anyway, your blog reminds me of something someone told me recently. Show up, tell the truth and let go.

  • Random_Person

    Should I tell my friend that I’m angry by what he did: Stealing my excitement when he opened a package I was waiting for, and posted the pic on FB. He should have asked for my permission, shouldnt he? It hurts and I’m losing sleep. It’s not the material thing but I felt like he stole my moment of happiness. Now it’s ruined for me. Is my anger a form of dishonesty? I feel like the kid who was so excited for his bday present, and then someone just grabbed the gift and opened it.

  • Erin Parker

    great post James, thank you!

  • Joe

    For every spectacular crook there are thousands or hundreds of thousands of quietly honest people. Don’t judge the *success* of dishonesty by the quantity of press it gets.

  • Daniel Kemper Lubben

    Great article. I especially like the section on anger.

  • PeskyPhilosopher

    Self-deception is the worst kind of dishonesty. well maybe sometimes.

  • RagTagRebel

    I think it’s also vital to be honest with yourself with what you really know and what you really don’t know. Most business owners think they really know why customers buy from them, but if they were truly honest with themselves, they would say they’re clueless and guessing. Most of them never even did any sales tracking or find out more details about their best customers. They just jump in without really finding out what people want, and selling it to them. If they did that, they might bruise their little egos over the fact that their ideas might just sucked. They rather live in fantasy land, and when the economy changes or falls, they get crushed. This leave the few honest businesspeople who were humble enough to listen to their customers and closely watch what they really buy (and not just what they said they’ll buy) and test markets and products vigorously before making big investments with any profit opportunities. Honest really can make you a lot of money, if you’re willing to admit to yourself what you know and what you don’t know, and act accordingly.

  • Shahrukh Hasan

    Someone should make poster of this so I can put it up on my wall and send it to my friends as gift. Thanks James.

  • 4thaugust1932

    “Intelligence? Talent? No, the ultra-rich got to where they are through luck and brutality.” –Monbiot

  • Guruprasad V

    One of the best article I ever read anywhere in blog. I’ve seen people criticizing you regarding your views on stock markets(Perma Bull). I thought you were crazy. In reality you’re definitely crazy but for right reason. Your honesty really attracted me. well done.

  • http://twitter.com/Chenzoni Vincenzo Desroches

    This is one of the best articles I have read in a long time. Honesty within my industry has become a mickey mouse of an illusion. Great job james.

    Your pal,

  • http://www.thetradingbook.com Anne-Marie Baiynd

    Seriously, one of your best posts ever – probably because I believe it all – I had someone say to me once many years ago – “Live your life like EVERYONE is watching” – and those are some of the greatest words I have ever put into practice. Thanks so much for the encouragement in this piece. It’s hard to live like that all the time – sometimes the rewards for it are nowhere to be seen, today you encouraged me – reminded me that doing the right thing for the sake of itself is always the best thing to do – the act is the reward in itself. Have a great weekend

  • http://twitter.com/tbird2252 Tom Willis

    Good Post! Two more items that go with Honesty…Integrity, Learning to be Humble…

  • sunil sharma

    today irealized i m dishonest

  • Greed Bazet

    I am the founder of the company called Perception, this company is going to save the world, God is first in all I do then I relook at myself then give it to the people everything I do is for God and then for the people, nothing i do is for myself but for the future and the well being of all. the things you said is something I do and believe in already. thank you for reminding everyone how things should be done properly. -Greed Bazet (#1)

    “Perception forever, equality for all”

  • nprasanna

    Never thought Honesty was this much important! Dumb me. Thanks James for the article.

  • Татьяна

    Эти советы не годятся для России. У нее свои законы

  • aosterholdable

    I’ve never thought of anger as a kind of dishonesty. But you’re right, it’s unreasonable to expect that everyone is going to do what I want all the time, or to get angry when they don’t.

  • Lauranne Smith

    Thanks for sharing and per usual, a great reminder for those of us ‘double lifers’ out there. I can attest to the power of honest -spiritually, mentally, and physically! I’ve been my healthiest, physically, since I got honest with my self. Cheers James!