Without the ability to trust, we wouldn’t make it through the day. Every aspect of our lives depends on trust. Almost any interaction on any given day is based on trust. We trust that when we go to the grocery store, the food we buy will be fresh and that we will be given the correct change from our purchase.
We trust that the clothes the dry cleaner hands us have, in fact, been laundered. In business trust is key: we trust a company to follow through with their promises, to do their best to serve our needs. And trust we do, daily and often blindly. However, trusting is dangerous and we have to find ways to know whom we should trust and whom we shouldn’t.
Trust is the belief that you can count on someone and that this person will pull through for you. Yet, for trust to happen you must make yourself vulnerable, be optimistic and willing to let go of any suspicion. The risk you run is to be let down, disappointed and betrayed. Trusting blindly is dangerous because you risk losing something you entrusted another, and more painful yet: your self-respect, self-esteem and ego, which will be profoundly wounded.
Once trust is broken, it’s very hard to trust again. You are so hurt and shocked that it might take a lifetime to mend, as when someone you are in a relationship betrays you.
But how can you tell if someone is trustworthy?
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