By: Molly Stephanak

I’ve been on this earth for 20 years. I’ve learned many things. I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve learned from those mistakes. I’ve been given advice, and tried to apply it to my everyday life.

I sat nervously in a job interview and when asked if I had any questions, I asked, “what the best piece of advice for someone starting in the ‘real-world’ would be?” He thought for a second, and took a breath before saying:

“Start every relationship, not just professional, with honesty. “

Unique concept, right? It seemed like such an easy thing to do; be honest from the beginning to lay lay the foundation of a healthy relationship.This ensures that all expectations of the relationship are mutually understood from the beginning.

Any small mistruth in any kind of relationship will only serve to make things more difficult for yourself down the road. Let’s face it, no one likes a Pinocchio! As silly as it sounds, I wish I could have told myself this when I was younger.

Looking back, being honest could have spared me from the many awkward conversations and situations in my life, as well as, making it much easier to build new relationships with classmates, co-workers and professionals.

I now live by this piece of advice. Being honest with myself and other people from the very beginning has proven to be the most effective route.