We can all exaggerate and elaborate a story in order to make others laugh - comedians do it all the time! They observe, take note of the mundane then put a humorous slant on it and a joke is born. Peter Kay is a master of that particular art.
Then there's the less enjoyable type of story teller. One who makes things up in order to "impress" another person. Real friendship is based on the relationship between two people, not based on their work life achievements.
The company Experian revealed from a survey they ran that 1 in 3 people lie on their CV. That's a lot of people!!
What is wrong with just living, working hard, achieving what we can, admitting when we make mistakes and moving on? Are we really living in a time where if you're not something "big" you're not worth knowing? I certainly don't think so.
If you catch yourself lying to impress STOP! Remind yourself that every single one of us has things we would do differently if we had a second chance, whatever it is, it's done now. Once that lie has left your lips retrieving it and removing it from the other persons mind is far harder than just resisting saying it in the first place.
"There is no such thing as an inconsequential lie." - Gary King
" With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back." - Russian proverb