“We always weaken whatever we exaggerate.”

—Jean Francois de la Harpe, 19th Century French Playwright and Critic

Image of man with exaggerated muscles

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Someone once told me that if you say something good about yourself it is bragging, yet if someone else says the same thing it is the truth.

What happens, however, if these messages are exaggerated rather than shared with a reasonable level of humility or tact?

We are all familiar with bold and bombastic claims for new products and offerings through the media. In the recent political circus, the candidates made grandiose statements about themselves and against their opponents. What are your thoughts on such matters? Who do you choose to believe?


Where are you perhaps weakening your arguments, views, or influence on others by exaggerating things? What new or different strategy or approaches will strengthen your case?