Have I lost my mind?

Okay, I’m about to say something that makes people look at me like I’m crazy.
Not only do I say this, I say this all the time, and I stand by this!
I think that exaggerating or stretching the truth on your resume is okay.
I know you probably think I’m nuts, so let me explain…
If you know anything about me and my story you know that I have been very successful and I have accomplished a lot in a relatively short amount of time (granted I’m no, Mark Zuckerberg, whom BTW I just love because I feel we should all stop being so scared and go for it like he did) and many people have wondered how I got to where I got so fast…the truth is sometimes I had to stretch the truth a little bit…there I said it.
After all, we all know that getting to the next level takes hard work and a little bit of luck…but I believe you have to create your own luck. You can’t be afraid of making big promises and pushing yourself to the limit. Trust me, you will surprise yourself with what you can do.
Going out on a limb and saying you can do things that you know you can do, but you may not have actually done, seems a little scary doesn’t…I know. But guess what? You ever wonder where these young rich guys get their moxy from to try new things, open new businesses, or come in and boss you around when they are barely in their twenties…they have confidence.
Why should “those guys” be the only ones who benefit. I’m a firm believer you have to be confident in yourself and you can do a whole heck of a lot more than you ever thought you could. And sometimes, not always, but a lot of the time putting yourself in a challenging position (new territory) can be the thing you need to build your confidence and show the world what you are made of.
I know, I know, some people may think its dishonest or even unfair. You know what, maybe they are right. But I will tell you one thing. Every time I have stretched the truth on my resume, I got the job and that’s when the real work began. Here is why? Not only do you have to be able to “talk-the talk” in the interview to get the job. You then have to “walk-the-walk” when you get the job. So the truth of the matter is, what’s on the resume is just a tool to get you an interview, and it doesn’t matter so much if you can ACTUALLY do the job successfully. And that will take hard work. Don’t fool yourself, writing crap on a resume will do you no good if you can’t back it up with results. And you will only ruin your reputation and make a fool out of yourself if you fail.
So here is the bottom line. I don’t think stretching the truth on a resume is so bad, so long as you can actually do the job. I’m sure there are plenty out there that would agree and even more that would disagree. But no one can argue with results…and that is what I am all about. That’s all anyone is America cares about. Can you do the job? Can you produce? Lying on a resume is dangerous territory… but no risk, no reward, right?
Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!


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