The Problem with Fakes


Last time I was in Hong kong I bought a couple of Rolexes. Instead of costing thousands of dollars each, they cost less than 100 dollars for both watches. These are great-looking replicas of the original. From the heavy weight of the watch to  the smooth second hand movement, these watches look and feel like the real thing. After I bought them, I reasoned with myself, “why did I ever by a real one?” There’s only one problem with my imitation watches: they can’t keep time. Every time I wear one of my Falsex watches, I’m reminded why I love my real Rolex.

The problem with Fakes Rolex

In life, much like my watches, the fake seldom deliver on their promises. In the business world we deal with salespeople and companies that promise us a product or services just as good as the high-quality, more expensive version, but for less than half of the price. Right. When we deal with imitations, the illusion of quality is only temporary because, ultimately, an imitation cannot deliver on its promises. It lacks the inner strength that make the real thing, well, the real thing.

Unfortunately, I come across people who are imitations of the better person they portray. You have met them too. They are well put together, they say the right words, and they make a strong impression as they quickly become part of your life. However, there’s not enough substance to them, and they don’t come through when you most need them. You want to give them the benefit of the doubt for breaking their word, for flaking out on the relationship, but they don’t have what it takes to do the right thing. It’s just not in them. Like the fake Rolex, what’s inside is not quality.

I want to be the real thing. I want to deliver on my promises, keep my word and be the person I represent, not just talk a good game. To me that means paying a higher price and putting the time and effort to become the real deal.  It means doing the difficult things I might not like to do because they will produce long lasting fruit.

I pray that you will join me today and choosing to be the real thing and not a cheap imitation that shines for a moment, and then becomes a lifetime of disappointment.

How do you deal with fakes in your life?

  • Chase

    Beautiful post, very convitcing/encouraging.

  • Marc Stroup

    I usually take people at their word first, but once they let me down, I watch out for them.

  • Andy

    “When we deal with imitations, the illusion of quality is only temporary because, ultimately, an imitation cannot deliver on its promises. It lacks the inner strength that make the real thing, well, the real thing.” nnLove that statement – and agree wholeheartedly. I tend to trust people from the outset of a relationship, not because they earned it (they haven’t had time), but because I CHOOSE to trust them. And you are correct, with time, if what you see is not real, the facade will begin to peel back, then fall away, revealing the underlying truth of who a person really is.nn ” . . . what’s inside is not quality . . . ” That’s why, as Christians, God works on us from the inside out, to change our heart and recreate what we are on the inside, ultimately forming us into the “real deal”.nnI try my best to be the person, the character I portray on the outside. The higher price, the difficult things, the time and effort are all worth it for sure. Thanks for the challenging post.

  • Scott

    SO true!! I’ve bought several fakes in China….they look and feel great but they stop working about the time I land back in the States. Without exception. Your words are spot-on…we ALL need to be real. Real with ourselves and real with others. Thanks for this reminder today.nScottnp.s. You should see my ChairmanMao watch….he waves at you. Well, he did wave….until he stopped working too when I landed.

  • I kinda blogged about this today (Tuesday), although admittedly with much less class.nnShortcuts usually lead to sub-par results. I do my best to call myself out when I catch myself taking them.

    • We all love short cuts. It’s our way to bypass the arduous parts of life. They seldom pay off, however.

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