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  • Writer's pictureGil Aranowitz

How Radical Honesty Breaks Through the Clutter

Like sports fans worldwide, I’ve been following the LA Dodger’s Shohei Ohtani gambling story for the past week. One of the most gifted and admired athletes on the planet, the twists and plots around his personal translator and supposedly good friend, Ippei Mizuhara, taking advantage of Shohei’s trust to access the superstar ball player’s bank account and pay off his gambling debts.


Did Ohtani make the bets himself?

Is the translator covering up for the superstar athlete?

Or did the translator take advantage of his trust and friendship to steal from his good friend?


This juicy plot has been a hot topic of conversation around the Aranowitz household this past week.


Yesterday, Ohtani finally spoke to the media in an attempt to set the record straight. Afterward, most people seemed to have been won over by the athlete’s demeanor.


His approach echoed what I like to think of as radical honesty.

Consider Shohei Ohtani’s press conference demeanor: his sincerity and clear statements cut through skepticism, winning over even many of the doubters. His approach mirrors the radical honesty I advocate in communications and strategy. It’s not about grandeur or complexity; it’s about being clear, concise, and profoundly real.


In a world that often feels over-saturated with noise and half-truths, the power of radical honesty in communication cannot be overstated. It’s the cornerstone for breaking through and transforming worldviews. This is more than just speaking the truth; it’s about forging genuine human connections and establishing trust. Through radical honesty, we build bridges of empathy and credibility, essential for sharing knowledge and educating effectively.


Radical honesty isn’t just a tactic; it’s a way of life. It’s what wins in a post-truth world. And it’s the foundation upon which powerful marketing and sales activities should be built. Because in the end, radical honesty is not just heartfelt—it’s essential.


Here's to living your truth! 🥂

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