Want to enhance your personal trustworthiness?
Give yourself a secret to keep.
Do something good (or bad, but the good route works for more people) and don’t tell anybody about it.
If you can perform the secret with style, so much the better…
Mom’s The Word
Each of us already has a secret life but for most folks its pretty shallow.
All their talk about people and events not only doesn’t leave much time for discussing important ideas but also sucks almost everything they know and are out along with it. No wonder so many complaints about empty lives and confusing purposes abound.
These average people are left with a physical shell of themselves that from a distance or with average eyes appears normal. But they’re not normal, they are all sucked out and mixed in with the minute details of everyday life.
Build Yourself Up
Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t you find it interesting that as more and more “Trust Companies” are invented, there seems to be less trust?
Politicians can’t earn the public trust, bankers are despised by the very folks they serve and everybody with a big house is running some kind of Ponzi Scheme.
With the lack of corporate transparency today it appears like few employees are even trusted with secrets and if they are, even less of them can hold onto guarded information for long.
Keeping secrets is kind of like standing on one leg; you can do it but if you’ve never done it before its seems like torture after just a few minutes. However, if you can maintain your balance for even a short while, you can do it longer next time. And longer the time after that.
Insulate Secrets With Future
Here is the cool part. No matter how hard you try, secrets have a way of getting out.
If you keep your pie hole closed and let the right concealed knowledge escape naturally your trust will stay intact and you still get to look like a hero! Double whammy!
Create some good secrets and carry them until you forget.
Your trust room will grow and so will you.
Do not keep this to yourself.
Thank you, friend.
Stephen Covey’s son … uh, Stephen wrote this fabulous book which I just finished reading. I was surprised how much new information it contained because I thought his dad had pretty well covered the topic. Lots of real world instances where trust or lack of it got the junior S. Covey into hot water and how he got out of it. Very good read and a must have for any serious entrepreneur.