Watch For These 8 Subtle Clues To See If Someone Is Genuine

Pay attention to these details to discover a person’s true character

Mike Goldberg


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If experience has taught me anything at all, it’s to quickly evaluate people. How do I know a person is the real deal and isn’t simply a hustler?

Well, the truth is, there’s no 100% foolproof method. But I’ve found genuine people exhibit a number of traits that hustler and sleazy salespeople have trouble imitating.

Watch for some of these clues to see if someone is likely a genuine person.

1. They operate from experience

How a person reacts to a situation reveals their level of experience.

Someone who dealt with a crisis once might react disproportionately and dwell on it for far too long. A person who has been around the block will take the same event in stride. Do they react with emotion, or do they use a process they’ve developed from experience?

Watch how they navigate these situations.

2. They use data to make informed decisions

Genuine people aren’t hung up on instinct or belief.

In fact, they are very humble when it comes to what they know. They can change their mind quickly when faced with information contradicting their view. They are not attached to an outcome.

Beliefs are set aside when they don’t hold up.

3. They don’t talk much about themselves

Humility speaks volumes.

Meet someone very experienced, and they’re not likely to brag about their accomplishments. In fact, they’ll downplay their accolades out of modesty.

If they turn the conversation to learning about you, they’re probably pretty solid.

4. They realize time is their most valuable commodity

Genuine people won’t waste your time — or theirs.

They’ll gladly spend money on things most of us might consider luxurious to save time. Housekeepers, gardeners, and personal assistants are all worthwhile to them…



Mike Goldberg

3x Top Writer | Traveler | Real estate investor | Storyteller | Occasional columnist | I talk about personal growth and seizing opportunities.