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While some people may people-please and carefully fumble to find words, straightforward people and blunt people say what comes to mind without filter. To some, this may be unexpected and even intimidating, but admittedly- I would prefer a blunt person over a fake any day.

Have you ever met someone that was able to say what they thought, no holds barred? There is something almost magnetic about these types of people, mostly because at the very least, you can depend on them to give you honesty. And straight-forward, or dare I say it – blunt people are the way they are, because they look at life differently.

In fact, I would say they not only look at life differently, they understand things about life that people who aren’t blunt don’t. Here are 11 things only blunt people truly understand about life.

1. Time is too precious to waste.

Rather than waste their time or yours, blunt people know that it’s best to say how you feel. Eventually the truth will come out, so why waste time beating around the bush?

2. We are in this together.

It’s better to be truthful. We are not at war with each other – we are a team. Sometimes, you have to be blunt to make sure that you are honest with others, even if they don’t want to hear the truth.

3. Vulnerability = true connection.

In order to be vulnerable- we have to be truly authentic with ourselves and others, even when it’s uncomfortable. Many people may think that blunt people are rude, when in reality they are not afraid to be vulnerable.

4. No one is perfect.

Many people try to avoid saying the blunt and raw truth, because they are afraid they may be seen as messy. In reality- no one is perfectly worded, and the most important words to say are the messy ones.

5. The truth is always better than a lie.

I don’t care what situation it is- the truth is best. It may be hard to say the truth, out of fears that you will hurt someone’s feelings, but at the end of the day, eventually the truth will come out. And it’s better not to lie and lose someone’s trust.

6. Honesty in friendship is key.

True friendship and connection is built on trust. Trust requires honesty. If you are dishonest to your friends, even to protect their feelings, they will inevitably lose trust in you. On the other hand, when you are blunt, it may hurt for a moment, but your friend will see you are genuine.

7. Sometimes, the truth hurts.

The truth is not always what we want to hear. Sometimes, honesty in all of its raw glory can be painful. And while it’s a double-edged sword- the beauty in honesty is that it doesn’t discriminate, it is what it is.

8. It’s better to say your piece than to hold it.

How many times have you held onto your opinions to avoid making people upset, only for it to later come out in the wrong way? Say what you mean, and mean what you say the first time. People who are blunt realize it’s better to just go ahead and get it out.

9. Honesty does not equate to cruelty.

In some cases, there will be people who take offense at the blunt person, and get mad because they weren’t ready for the truth. And while the truth may be hurtful, it isn’t cruel.