Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “Trust is the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Trust is what solidifies a relationship, and without trust, it is nonexistent. Whether it is building a solid relationship, creating a great culture, making a sale, or trusting your instincts, they all require trust.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, in his great book, Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos, puts it this way:

THE WAY YOU earn trust, the way you develop a reputation is by doing hard things well over and over and over. The reason, for example, that the US military, in all polls, has such high credibility and reputation is because, over and over again, decade after decade, it has done hard things well.

It really is that simple. It’s also that complicated. It’s not easy to do hard things well, but that’s how you earn trust. And trust, of course, is an overloaded word. It means so many different things. It’s integrity, but it’s also competence. It’s doing what you said you were going to do—and delivering.

Here are some great quotes on Trust:

  • “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Stephen R. Covey
  • “It was a mistake,” you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.” – David Levithan
  • “After all, damn it, what does being in love mean if you can’t trust a person.” – Evelyn Waugh
  • “Never trust someone who lies to you. Never lie to someone who trusts you.”– Mandy
  • “Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.” Eric Sevareid
  • “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”Albert Einstein
  • “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”– Abraham Lincoln
  • “Trust is like a vase, once it’s broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be same again.”– Walter Anderson

Relationships are about trust. If you have to play detective, then it’s time to move on.

  • “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.”– Zig Ziglar
  • “Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you.”David Gemmell
  • “Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.” Frank Sonnenberg
  • “Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.”Joyce Brothers
  • “Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.”Julianne Moore

Don’t trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar.

  • “Take no one’s word for anything, including mine – but trust your experience.” James Baldwin
  • It takes two people to make a lie work: the person who tells it, and the one who believes it. – Jodi Picoult
  • “You can’t trust a promise someone makes while they’re drunk, in love, hungry, or running for office.” – Joe Moore
  • “Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.” –Eric Sevareid
  • “Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.” –Booker T. Washington

“Trusting you is my decision. Proving me right is your choice.”

  • “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”- George MacDonald
  • “Men trust their ears less than their eyes.” – Herodotus
  • “The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you are not worth the truth.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • “Trust is not simply a matter of truthfulness or even constancy. It is also a matter of amity and goodwill. We trust those who have our best interests at heart, and mistrust those who seem deaf to our concerns.” – Gary Hamel

“A single lie discovered is enough to create doubt in every truth expressed.”

  • “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe
  • “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway

Pistanthrophobia (n) fear of trusting people due to negative past experience.

  • “Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.“- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “Trust is the easiest thing in the world to lose, and the hardest thing in the world to get back.” – R. M. Williams
  • “Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.” – Samuel Johnson
  • “It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them” -.Confucius
  • “Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.” – Johann Kaspar Lavater

All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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