The tricky thing with trust is it can only take one action to lose the trust of others, but many, many actions to gain this trust back. This is why you always need to be open and honest about your intent. To accomplish anything worthwhile, we have to be able to trust each other. Without trust, innovation and creativity die and are replaced with fear, disbelief, anger and a CYA environment.
We all have been around people in our lives we can’t trust. The people who say one thing and do another. The people who tell you what a good job you are doing and tell everyone else how horrible you are. The people who will do anything to get results, except work hard. The people who lie about their intentions. The people who use anything they know about others against them. The people who instantly change the mood of a room as soon as they walk in.
When these people are in our personal life, the easiest thing to do is cut them loose. We don’t need this type of person bringing us down. But, when we have these people at work, it can be much trickier, unless we are the boss. If so, then cut them loose as well. These people will only destroy and will never offer anything to really move the company forward. Even if they get great results, in the long run, the attitude they spread is not worth it. If you are not in charge, then you have to be very careful around these people. Don’t let their attitude and negativity affect you. Don’t fall in to their trap of lies and deception, just be true to who you are and what you stand for. Hopefully, these people won’t last long when surrounded by honest, trustworthy people.
Trust is one of the most important things in our life. If we can trust each other, then our partnerships are much more powerful. With powerful partnerships, we can do so much more than we could alone. It may be a part of who we are or it may be societal pressures, but most of us want partnerships. We look for people to share our lives with, both friends and lovers. We interact with hundreds of people every day. We have a commerce society built upon interactions with others. All of these relationships are built on trust. What would society be like if we couldn’t trust these other people?