The Trust Fund


“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs

I’ve been thinking a lot about how much of a role the principle of trust plays in our lives. Trust is really such a multi-faceted principle to grasp depending on how it’s applied. In particular I’ve been thinking on what trust means on a personal level, a professional level, and on an internal level.

The last month has been kind of challenging for me. When we come to periods of great transition things always change with relationships. We start to learn which people were really there for us and which friendships really stood the test. It comes down to trust. We believe in people for who they are deep within. We believe in who that person really is and the value that their friendship holds. Through every point of change in my life I’ve encountered personal attrition. Some were expected and others were tougher to understand, but it’s the ones that survive the test of time that build us up and keep us feeling uplifted and stronger. Their belief in us breeds trust and genuine care.

It’s been a while since I’ve really experienced it, but I’m beginning to remember how powerful professional trust can be. Too many companies are so rooted in the “way we do things” that they don’t understand the stifling and restricting fences they build around people. It takes trust for a company to bring in people and give them the freedom to innovate, to create, and to make a difference. Talent and skills can only flourish when properly cultivated by corporate trust. It’s powerful to watch an organization evolve regularly and grow daily and just as powerful to watch the way that people raise the bar every day within this kind of ecosphere.

Another kind of trust exists and often has a direct interaction with these previous two. This is internal trust. There is power in believing in ourselves. It’s hard to do when we don’t know if people believe in us or if our employer believes in us, but at the end of the day the only way we accomplish our goals in life is to know that we can and take actions to get the job done. It’s all about mindset and perspective. It’s all about courage and determination. Believe in yourself. Know that there is always a way. Trust in yourself.

~ by bfmooz on February 20, 2012.

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