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February 20, 2013 / Dale Melchin

Life Lessons from the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness (Mult-part Series)

Truth sometimes comes to us the the strangest of places.  I discovered this little nugget of truth while reading Art of Manliness.  Granted, Ron Swanson and the Pyramid of Greatness is Property of NBC. I have no rights to the content.  I am using it in the following posts for illustrative purposes only.

Now, Behold! The Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness! (Click for a larger view.)


In Ron’s own words it is a perfectly calibrated system for maximum personal achievement.  With a couple of modifications I tend to agree!  I’ll get into those as we move through the series.

Lets dive into the first on the bottom left at the foundation.  Frankness: Cut the B.S.

Personally, I strive to be as frank about things as possible, when I do this though I have the tendency to throw out my soft skills.  The first thing about frankness, is that it is possible to do it without alienating people permanently.

It is something that is gravely lacking in our culture and our communication.  With that said, here is how you do it.

  1. Tell the truth
  2. Be kind about it
  3.  Be direct.
  4. Be firm.

This takes courage and soft skills and a relatively high level of personal development, because you have to be nice and tough.

Do the important things first, and be frank, while you are doing that develop the soft skills.  You might make a few people angry at first.  But be courageous anyway.  Over time you will build a reputation for being someone who can be trusted.  Having character and integrity will pay off both personally and professionally and even financially, than will having a slick personality that is always able to “make the sale” or make you “popular.”

What would having more frankness make possible for you?


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