Stephen: I remember a time years ago when I was traveling with my parents. We visited a less developed country that was known to be corrupt. We hired a driver we thought we could trust to take us several places, and we left a number of watches and other gifts we had purchased in our bags locked in the trunk of his car while we ded some sightseeing. When we returned, we checked inside our bags to make sure the boxes were all there. They were. But when we got back to the U.S. and opened the boxes, we discovered they were all empty!
Greg: Several years ago my wife, and I invested a significant amount of money in salvage wood from old buildings. We never drilled down on the particulars of the investment because the man handling it was our neighbor, who assured us of the wisdome of the venture and repeatedly told us to trust him. Imagine our shock one evening when we saw the arrest of this neighbor on the local television news. We came to find out that he had sold the same inventory to several other investors as well as to us!
- Never talk to strangers.
- Never accept candy or gifts from a stranger.
- Never go anywere with a stranger.
- Never let a caller at the door or on the telephone know that you are alone.
- Always try to walk with a friend or a grown-up.
- If a stranger grabs you, yell for help as loud as you can.
The cost of trust may on occasion be devastating, but the high cost of distrust is virtually guaranteed. (FERNANDO FLORES - Former Finance Minister of Chile)
Our distrust is very expensive. (RALPH WALDO EMERSON)
Trust is the linchpin of a partnership. With trust, both people can concentrate on their separate responsibilities, confident the other person will come through. . . . Without trust, it's better to work alone. . . . No trust, no partnershp. (RODD WAGNER AND GALE MULLER - Gallup Executives and Authors)
It is. . . happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. (SAMUEL SMILES - Scottish Author and Reformer)