I wake early this morning to go for jogging. A habit that is long forgotten but I pick it again to keep myself fit and healthy. And perhaps, to jump start my “engine” for a wonderful day ahead!
Usually, I would play a motivation cd in my little “cargo van” to perk myself up mentally…if the physical exercise did not work on me. Today, I am listening to Joe Girard. In case, you are wondering who is Joe Girard. He is the world’s Greatest Salesman. During his 15 year selling career, he had sold 13,001 new cars and trucks, and all at retail. This is a guiness record and is still has not been broken yet.
While listening to the cd, my attention is drawn to him mentioning that “honesty is the best policy”. I truely agreed with him that when faced with a difficult situation and if we are caught in between, it would be wise that we own up to our fault and tell the truth to our friends and colleagues.
If we betray the trust between both parties, we might not win back that trust again. This is especially true in our translation work. If we find out that certain terms are not properly translated, then we need to highlight to the client. The client will definitely not be pleased to hear about the mistakes. We will also be reprimand by them.
But at least, we are able to maintain the friendship between both parties. If we admit to our mistakes with the best intention of resolving the issues, our client will understand it and accept us better. In a way, we may even solidify the working relationship further.
I truely believe that Honesty is even more important in our everyday’s dealing be it in business, our working place or with our loved ones than ever before.