A few months ago, the Ben Carson campaign appeared to be taking the Republican primary contest by storm, but then something went wrong. News surfaced that the accomplished neurosurgeon had lied about receiving a full scholarship offer to West Point in his autobiography and in numerous past public speaking engagements. The misstatement not only monopolized headlines, it triggered a snowball effect that motivated journalists to question the accuracy of many of Carson’s other claims. Did he or didn’t he graduate from West Point? Did he once try to stab somebody, or not? What has he actually been up to doing the course of his career? And do these activities and accomplishments suggest a successful tenure as the President of the United States? Those who once answered yes are now changing their minds, and there are a few lessons we can all learn from this turn of events. Keep these in mind if you’re ever tempted to exaggerate or “adjust” the details of your own resume.