Transparency - What's it really mean?

Source: JJ DiGeronimo


In being the Ratchet Professional that I am, I value transparency in all aspects of my life and strive to always be ME, my true self.  I would prefer you be honest than to protect my feelings, and lie; I'd prefer you be upfront of your goals and motives instead of playing sly and being manipulative. I would assume, most of us would like the benefit of the doubt and the right to be given a choice over having our feelings TEMPORARILY spared.

So what exactly is Transparency, and why is it important? The Business Dictionary defines it as:
"the lack of hidden agendas and conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making; or the minimum degree of disclosure to which agreements, dealings, practices, and transactions are open to all for verification."
That's more from the business sense, from the humanistic approach, being transparent is not being pretentious; not fully projecting or putting forth your true self, your true feelings, motives, objectives, thoughts, etc.

Being transparent means being and accepting your authentic self, controlling your ego,  and being honest and trustworthy. Its a sense of freedom in being who you are. Being you with no pretense and no ulterior motives, gives others the opportunity to be fully informed and encourage them to be themselves.
Transparency helps you build trust and respect among those you interact with. It gives you the freedom to do what you're passionate about, with out having to censor yourself. It gives you the opportunity to work on YOU. And we all benefit from a great YOU!
When you’re transparent, you invite trust by revealing that you have nothing to hide. You establish yourself as an honest, credible person in the eyes of others."                       John Hall, Co-founder and CEO of Influence & Co.

✹Side note✹: 
I have a hard time believing people who say "I lied to protect your feelings", because the sole purpose of a lie is to reduce your own discomfort in responding to the perceived discomfort of another. In other words, you lie because you don't want to deal with the reaction or the consequences of that reaction, which more times than not are uncomfortable. Lying puts up a wall that prevents communication, trust, and respect building. ~LB.

Start being your authentic self, Fam! Strive for transparency so you can focus on what makes you great.

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