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Trust

Almost everyone reading this will have been let down by someone we trusted, and most of us have let down people who trusted us. Sometimes that breach of trust is irritating, sometimes devastating.

One of the consequences of any breach of trust, whether by our partner or a distant politician, is that we create a story and a sub-conscious set of rules about trusting others.

I used to conclude that once trust was broken, never trust again. I discovered that this unforgiving approach made little difference to the lives of those I didn't trust but it made a massive difference to me. As someone who by nature is a lone wolf, it kept me from intimacy and collaboration. Nothing could be further from The truth. My truth is a choice: always trust until it becomes obvious that it is wholly misplaced, or never trust until it becomes wholly misplaced.

Each of these stories has its own consequences - but I now know why my life is now fuller of people and opportunities than ever before. So - what if I am let down again by someone I trust? Well - I will be, and it will be as much the fault of the moment as anything else, and hey - we are all human. I am, of course, making up either story. Presumably, I should pick the one that serves me best?

Listening to Rachel is an important part of discovering who and what we are willing to trust, and who and what we don't. Her thesis takes us broader and deeper than being fearless - but it will challenge your point of view about how trust may be returning to the ancient form of trust that was the feature of village life; just life in a global, networked village.

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