In a recent post titled Can you handle the truth?, Neil Patel blogged about the need to be able to openly receive the ‘truth’ (whatever that actually means) if we’re to grow a business.

He wrote:

Do you know what separates good entrepreneurs from great ones? Some say it’s the ability to learn from mistakes, but I think it’s the ability to handle the truth.

It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how good you are at executing, if you can’t handle the truth you’re in for a treat. At the end of the day, would you rather have someone sugar coat things to you…


Would you want someone to be straight up with you?

What matters is not what we say, but how we say it. Many people mistakenly believe that being direct means they are allowed to be (or have to be) an asshole. To be blunt (because we’re dealing with the ‘truth’ here), that’s straight up laziness or in a business environment corporate sociopathy.

The ‘truth’ and compassion are not mutually exclusive.