I laughed out loud when I read that the item I was looking at was a “genuine bracelet”. It was accompanied by necklaces that were a mixture of “genuine and glass.”

Genuine what?

Life moves so quickly that we don’t always pause for even a moment to consider the claims we are reading. Politicians, advertisers, realtors — and apparently jewelry manufacturers — are counting on you to just skim their words.

Instead, ask what “genuine” jewelry is actually made of. Question whether “40% more” is a good deal or just a larger size. Remain skeptical when candidates promise not just the moon but Mars.

You’ll be wise to give messages your “genuine” attention before acting on them.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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