Trustworthy The Gateway to Good Character
Why is trust so important? Well, for one, you really can’t have friends without it. You can’t bank without it. Business is difficult to conduct without it. Building trust is key to so many aspects of a rational functioning society. Forging Character requires building trust. Merriam-Webster describes trust as a “reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. If someone meets this definition, then they are trustworthy.
What is trust?
Trust is the knowledge that a person will act in your best interest. Trust is believing in the other person so strongly that you will act in their best interest. If you share a secret, then you know with certainty your friend will never share the secret. Trust is a bond, a mutual understanding. It is shared between friends, co-workers, leaders and subordinates. Absolute trust is a rare and almost mystical thing. Very few people trust enjoy that level of trust, ever. If you do, consider yourself very fortunate
Trust is also a dichotomy. It is as strong as steel, yet at the same time as fragile as an egg.
How do we go about becoming trustworthy?
Here is a post about building trust. If you are not trustworthy, then building trust is critical. Even if you are perfectly trusted, knowing how to build trust can you help see when you are drifting the wrong way. Building trust a key part in every relationship.
Trust and Character
Trust and character go hand in hand. It is difficult to have one without the other. Character by it’s very nature requires trust. It is said that gratitude is the parent of all other virtues. If we accept this as true, then certainly being trustworthy is the gateway to character.
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