Rule 1: Talk is cheap.
Dr Frederick Cook would have
been a justly famous arctic explorer had he been content to claim
to have done only that which he had done. The lesson here is that
as long as we claim to do only that which we do, and claim to
have done only that which we have done, then we shall not likely
get into trouble in the credibility department.
H W Tilman has commented on
such matters in his inimitable way:
"…it is a rash
marksman who calls his shots, announces which particular coconut
he is shying at…so when going to the Himalaya it is foolish
to broadcast one’s intentions, for after the event it is
not easy to describe an unsuccessful attempt on a mountain as