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''Why Do I Trust You?''

Recently, I recruited a new business associate to oversee several sensitive aspects of my growing company. I asked for no resume or referrals, but simply acted on a feeling I got upon meeting her. Within 48 hours of her signing on, I had shared with her details of my business and personal life that apparently surprised her. She called today, to ask a simple question: "Why do you trust me?" she asked. "I've been with the company less than 48 hours officially, and already I know things about your operations and you personally, that indicate a deep level of trust. So, I ask, why do you trust me?"


The question was a fair one. So, I gave it some thought. These are some of the answers I gave her on the phone, which I'll now share with you.

I trust you because with me, trust is a given. It's not something you have to earn, necessarily. It's something that we start off with, and you either keep it or lose it as time goes by. You either confirm the soundness of my decision, or you reveal that I made a mistake.


I trust you because trust is the basis of you meeting the expectations of our interaction. I trust you, therefore, because I want you to succeed, and my trust is what you need in order to do your job.


I trust you with and share the intimacies and secrets of my world because you cannot harm me. As a spiritual being, no one can harm me in any way that really matters. I am not my userid and password. I am not my credit rating. I am not my bank account. I am not the image and impression you may have of me once you know these things. And, passwords can be changed. I trust you, therefore, because I am fearless.


I trust you because it's efficient. I trust you because if I am wrong in giving you my trust, there really is nothing that I've lost except a little time. If I am right, however, we hit the ground running and conquer the world starting from day one. Whereas, if I wait for something you do to earn the trust, we may wait and waste days or weeks that might have been spent productively producing results.


I trust you because trust is a function of a vibe that I respond to. If I felt I could not trust you, I would not trust you. You need prove nothing, but simply be who you are.


In other words, I trust you because trust is a function of character, and your character is what it is from the day I meet you. It's not a gift I give you for something you do tomorrow, but a given YOU come with based on who are today.


My trust you'll never earn, my friend
by what you do and say
My trust is like a gift
you'll keep or lose along the way

My trust is automatic
yes, I'll trust you at first sight
I trust you first and what you do
will prove me wrong or right

My trust is what you need
to do your best, so why indeed
would I withhold the very thing
you need most to succeed?

For trust is not a prize you win
from points that you accrue
no trust derives from what's inside
and THAT'S why I trust you!


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Walt's Life Rhyme #305
(Why Do I Trust You?)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 08-01-2003
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