Mistakes I Made #8 – Trusting Everyone I Met. Trust No-One.

When I think about the word ‘TRUST’ my mind instantly goes to the trust-fall prank video I recently found on YouTube.

It’s hilarious, but it shows you how much the person being pranked loves their friend, because they do everything they can in a split second to catch their friend and save them from their embarrassing or hurtful fall.

(Watch it here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq5tjkqZZ8w

But unfortunately, life isn’t that simple, or funny. You’ll soon come to realize, if you haven’t already, that very, very few people can actually be trusted.

The Ugly Truth

So, there I am, young and impressionable, thinking I can trust pretty much anyone.

I’m out for a night on the town, and I spontaneously meet a guy at a bar, who for some reason seems interested in being friends.

So, I go with it. We had an instant connection, I thought.

We chatted for hours, laughed our butts off and became friends. Later on, he fell on hard times, and being a good person, I helped him out by giving him a small but significant job at my company.

Things started off really well, he made a positive impact, and everyone liked him. I TRUSTED him, so I gave him more responsibility and with that more access to the inner workings of my company.

Before long, I noticed things like clients leaving me, and very small amounts of money going missing, only to find out that he was robbing me blind and stealing my clients to open his own business.

Wow, did I feel betrayed. And did I have to do a huge amount of damage control, and later some self-reflection.

During this time of reflection, I distinctly remember thinking to myself; “People are generally good, why would someone want to harm me? What did I do to deserve this?

But the fact of the matter is, that it usually isn’t about you, or what you did or didn’t do, or whether you deserve it or not. Some people are just malicious in their nature.

Be it jealousy because you are doing better than them, have more stuff than them, more friends than them, or that you’re just NOT them.

This type of person couldn’t even give you a reason as to WHY they do the things they do. They just do it! There really isn’t anything you can do about it but protect yourself from someone like this.

The Silver Lining

Having said all that, I will add that being able to depend solely on yourself will most definitely teach you how to be the strongest most independent individual ever. So, there’s that.

But, don’t get me wrong, there will be a handful of individuals that come along in life whom you can trust, but those people are the ones who commit.

They knuckle down, they run the gauntlet of life with you, and stick it out through the really tough times; I’m talking about the death in the family, taking you into their homes when you lose everything tough times and type of people, the ones who really EARN it most likely over a lifetime.

Those are the people you can count on and most importantly who can count on you too. Know however, that if you don’t’ reciprocate that commitment, effort and trust they have for you, you can be certain you’ll lose them in the blink of an eye.

So, cherish those friends and family. They don’t come around very often.

You know what the crazy thing is though? You can never really, truly know someone, unless you can read minds. So always be careful who you allow into your life, and your business, and who you give your trust to.

You never know what their intentions really are.