Why can’t I save any money?
I’ve found over the years showing your true colors and being painfully blunt usually isn’t the best strategy. People either lock up defensively when you come at them with the raw truth, or the honest reality is too painful to hear that they create and hold on to illusions rather than face the truth. It’s easier for myself, and generally more effective to get the point across to sugarcoat truths and tailor the message for the audience.
Sometimes though, tough love is the best remedy.