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Does Trust Matter?

OPINION PIECE: Rohit Bassi ROI Talks

Does trust matter? Has anyone broken your trust? How do you warn others about this?  WARNING!!! the wicked ways of two-face is in your circle/network. Unfortunately, you will be unaware of such individual’s deception. Under the false pretense of helping you or others, such a person continues to act dishonestly in order to attain selfish, scrupulous and devious gains. Yes, my trust has been broken by such a person. 

One of the most valuable values that exist in every part of your life is trust. Trust is the cornerstone of all relationships. We all want to build trust with our clients, colleagues, business associates, friends and loved ones. Trust is a value to cherish and within a second it could be broken. Without trust, life and work can easily be miserable. You see trust is extremely powerful and dangerous.

A simple definition of trust is the belief “that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.” Another definition that I read says “firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or reliance.” Let me simplify it further. Trust means faith, hope, confidence thus it is a powerful act, emotion and word. What is the point if there is no trust in a relationship? This could be a relationship such as at work, friendship, family, government and love. The relationship is gone if there is no trust. Even though trust is important and extremely powerful, at the same time it can be considered to be dangerous. Trust allows you to form relationships with others be it at work, with service providers, business deals, your career, family and friends. 

The dangerous part of trust is that you have to take the risk to believe the other person or party will pull through for you. Yes, in life you will come across incidents where someone will break your trust. The emotion of mistrust unconsciously pours into different parts of your life such as your career, business, intimate relationships, friendship and family ties. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy states “Trusting requires that we can, 1) be vulnerable to others (vulnerable to betrayal in particular); 2) think well of others, at least in certain domains; and 3) be optimistic that they are, or at least will be, competent in certain respects.” You can easily take the heartache of someone breaking your trust and unknowingly or knowingly damage your own behavior. 

Trust is the foundation of all relationships (work and personal). Never let one person who broke your trust impact your faith in trust.   

Author: Rohit Bassi   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rohitbassi/


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