My Favorite Pauschisms: Tell the Truth

If I could only give three words of advice, they would be “tell the truth.”

If I got three more words, I would add: “All the time.”

People lie for lots of reasons, often because it seems like a way to get what they want with less effort. But like many short-term strategies, it’s ineffective in the long-term. You run into people again later, and they remember you lied to them.

And they tell lots of other people about it.

–Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture

Tis the season for political statements and promises, so this one really rang my bell this morning.

Of course it’s good advice for not just politicians, but also preachers, elders, doctors, teenage sons, lawyers (especially lawyers), short-order cooks and floor sweepers.

By the way, I’m pleased to report that Ocular Fusion is now the #1 Google hit for the word “Pauschisms.”

Rock on, Randy. And have a great weekend, everyone.

  1. Stoogelover

    I haven’t read Paush’s book yet but I watched the 90-minute video of his last lecture and it was excellent.

  2. Mike the Eyeguy

    Watching the lecture is good because you really get a sense of his fun-loving, somewhat irreverent personality watching him live. The book covers the main points of his lecture, plus some new material, including events that have happened since he gave the talk.

    I also very much recommend watching the 5-part “20/20” Diane Sawyer interview available by going to abc news online and then searching for “Randy Pausch.”

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