Trust is not an abstract, theoretical, idealistic goal forever beyond our reach. Trust—or a lack of it—is inherent in every action that we take and affects everything that we do. Trust is the cement that binds relationships, keeping spouses together, business deals intact and political systems stable. Without trust, marriages fail, voters become apathetic and organizations flounder. Without trust, no person or company can ever hope for excellence.
The truth is, trust must be carefully constructed, vigorously nurtured and constantly reinforced. Although it takes a long time to develop, it can be destroyed by a single action. And once lost, it is exceptionally difficult to re-establish. (Remember These 14 Ways to Build Trust )
So how do you do it? How can you build that sacred trust, that valuable credibility?
Here are 14 things to remember
1. Be straight with people. Tell it like it is.
2. Don’t be afraid to present bad news. It’s worse to sweep it under the rug.
3. Remain calm, cool and collected during difficult times.
4. Present both sides of an issue. (Let them judge for themselves.)
5. Be a good listener.
6. Disclose potential conflicts of interest.
7. Even a tiny exaggeration can destroy your credibility.
8. Always tell the truth or the truth will tell on you.
9. Your actions “off-stage” (like at an office party or on Facebook) impact your trust and credibility.
10. “Everybody does it” is a poor excuse for doing it yourself.
11. Learn how to disagree without being disagreeable.
12. Repeating a rumor is as vicious as starting one.
13. People will test you in small ways before trusting you outright.
14. The only thing worse than talking about others is talking about yourself.
Top 10 Wisdom Quotes
1. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. Maya Angelou
2. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn
3. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
5. “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” C. S. Lewis
6. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford
7. “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” Immanuel Kant
8. “Everyday may not be a good day but there is good in every day. Unknown
9. “The older you get, the more quiet you become. Life humbles you so deeply as you age. You realize how much nonsense you’ve waste time on.” Anonymous
10. “Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread. Unknown