Restaurant owner reflects on avoiding lazy people, liars

Sophia Daskalakis, owner of The Olive Tree restaurant in Williamsport, finds that she recalls her grandmother’s wisdom more often as she herself ages. As she has matured, it has become important to her to surround herself with people of good character and to avoid lazy people and liars.

“My grandmother always told me, don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you,” Daskalakis said.

“It is not an easy task to live up to, but I try,” she added.

Daskalakis explained that she hates the two big “Ls”: liars and lazy people. She actively tries not to engage in either behavior, and chooses her friends carefully based on that standard.

“Lying is a sickness,” Daskalakis said.

“Everyone has one big lie or secret in their life that they carry with them. But for other people, lying is how they live,” she added.

This unhealthy coping mechanism of telling lies upon lies becomes a lot of work after a while.

“Eventually you forget what lies you told to cover the other lies,” she said.

“As I get older, it bothers me even more. You’re better off just telling the truth, even if it is not what the other person wants to hear,” she said.

Daskalakis also has no tolerance for lazy people.

“They’re the people who complain: they don’t have enough money, they can’t find a partner. I tell those people, ‘Once you get your own life in order and show some productivity, you begin to attract the right person,’ ” she said.

Daskalakis noted that there is no shame in any type of work, as long as a person is trying to live up to his or her responsibilities.

“I am friends with everyone from street sweepers to bankers. You could scrub toilets, it doesn’t make you less of a classy person,” she said.

“Class is not defined by the amount of cash in your pocket, it’s defined by your actions and how you treat others,” she added.