How does honesty pay you in the long run?

Honesty pays you in the long run. Do you believe it? Yes, I believe it. If you read the post, you will also believe it.

“In the long run, I believe that honesty is definitely the best policy. One can get away by being dishonest for a short-term, but ultimately, honesty is what pays.”

-Kapil Dev.

Honesty plays a vital role in our day-to-day life. How? It not only paves the way for breeding trust, respect and dignity but also pays in the long run. The present post supports it.

Asansol Ramakrishna Mission School had declared the results of the Second Terminal Examination. Like every year, the class teacher gave the answer sheets to the guardians for scrutiny. The teacher said, “Check the answer sheet, add the marks and point out the mistakes in the total if any.”

On scrutiny, my wife found out the error in the sum of marks on the geography paper of my elder son. His score had increased by ten marks due to wrong addition. So she quickly pointed out the error to the class teacher who in his turn informed the headmaster at once about the episode. Then The Headmaster came to the class and said,“ We did not see the parents like you earlier. Most of the parents would not point out the mistake at all. We are happy that you are guiding your son properly. So, to recognise your honesty, we are not deducting the total score of your son.”

Since then The Head Maharaj not only listened to us attentively but also grant leave of my son as and when required on any pretty family occasion. He believed that we could not tell lies.

Analysis for finding benefits 

As my wife believed in honesty and integrity, she spoke the truth and pointed out the error in total marks of geography. If she did not point out the error, nobody could know the real scores of my son.

As she believed in honesty, respect for the teachers and justice for the parents and the students, she did not hide the fact, rather pointed out the mistake. In other words, she treated all of them with dignity and respect and a proper sense of justice.

Moreover, it had shown her honest approach towards other students, guardians, teachers and my son. She did not want her son to score more in a dishonest way. If she was not honest, how could she expect her son to be honest? She firmly believed the saying of Benjamin Franklin, “Honesty is the best policy”. Honesty breeds trust; where trust helps to build a relationship.

Finally, The Head Maharaj did not deduct the marks of my son. He inspired other guardians also to follow the path of honesty.

My wife behaved like an ethical leader. How? She led by example. She sent the message to other guardians indirectly, “As I am speaking the truth So you may follow me.”; the message to my son “As I am speaking the truth, So I expect you to speak the truth always.”; the message to the teachers and The Head Maharaj “ As I am speaking the truth; so you can believe me and my family.”

She spoke the truth as well as walked the talk. As a result, other guardians and my son also got the right message. They all came to know that honesty is the best policy. Do you want to know why? Then  please go to the link –

Action steps: Honesty is the best policy

  • Trust others.
  • Show respect to others
  • Treat others with dignity and respect
  • Always have a sense of justice
  • Be ethical.
  • Practice “honesty is the best policy.”
  • Live a fabulous life.



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