In the winter of 1990 something my little brother and I were engaged in a friendly wrestling match in the soft snow of our front yard. Some time during this match, I accidentally caused his face to come in contact with the ground and instantly pop out two of his baby teeth. The tears flowed freely from my brother eyes and the noise of a screaming child brought a quick response from my parents that were just inside our home. The door flew open and my Dad asked the same universal question for any situation like this; “What happened?”
I knew the answer wasn’t going to make him happy and it was going to be hard to justify the crying kid and the blood stained snow all around me. So my response was “I don’t know, he must have fallen.”
My Dad helped my brother up and took him inside to clean up his mouth and have my Mom do all she could to comfort him. Then he came right back outside to talk to me. I knew this couldn’t be a good thing. He knelt down next to me in the snow, looked me in the eye and told me that he knew that we were wrestling but more than that, he was disappointed that I had lied to him. He said, “Trust is one of the most important things in life.”
I’ve remembered that lesson more than most lessons I’ve ever had in life. Trust truly is one of the most important things in life. I have strived to live in a way that would allow others to trust me. I may not always do the right things, but I am honest about my faults and hope that any even if someone doesn’t think I’m capable of doing something to a certain level, they maintain their trust in me.
Recent events have caused me to work on another aspect of trust that has stretched me. I’ve been asked to trust others.
As our company continues to grow and progress, there are opportunities to expand and spread out loads of work to others. It happens in every healthy company that has ever existed. I’ve been involved in it many times but from different viewpoints. Recent successes within our data programs and our live transfer programs have stretched the amount of work to the point where more hands are needed to achieve even greater heights. This is exciting and healthy for the company but it has forced me to trust others on more than I ever have in the past.
My Dad’s words about trust have never been so real. Trust, in others, is one of the most important things in life. I have reminded myself of that as often as I can and in every situation where I’ve considered holding on to something for myself.
I have put my trust in others to grow and improve upon the things that we’ve built and the success has been far greater than I could have anticipated. The trust I have in those around me has been solidified and allowed for an elevated work atmosphere that will spring board us into long term success. As the confidence I’ve had in them has been justified, their confidence grows in themselves and my trust in them only grows.
I’m glad that I lied to my Dad that day so I he could teach me the lesson that has blessed my life to this day. In your business, find the strength to trust others. As you do, you will create an environment that leads to long term and rewarding success.