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Being trustworthy is a daily practice.

Being trustworthy means that you are predictable to other people. That what you say matches what you do. It means that you finish what you start.

We love predictability. Imagine if you were driving in traffic and the other drivers were behaving irrationally and unpredictably. Would you drive? Traffic requires trusting each other. Trusting each other to be driving in a safe way. The traffic rules help make traffic more efficient. Traffic without regulations would also be possible, but it would be much slower. If everyone understands the rules and can be trusted to abide by them, traffic works very well. Someone drunk behaves unpredictably and can therefore not participate in traffic. Someone who has poor eyesight needs to wear glasses because if the most critical sense used when driving is not working correctly, you could not be trusted to make the right decisions.

If you are caught running a red light in the middle of nowhere, even if there is no one else around within kilometers, you might still lose your driver’s license because it’s not clear that you can be fully trusted. It might be that you run a red light on other occasions as well.

It is expected of a grown-up to be trustworthy. Small kids might not yet fully understand that if their parents can trust them, it allows them more freedom. Parents who don’t trust their teenage kids tell them to be home at 8 or 10 pm, whereas other parents who know they can trust their kids can let them stay away from home for as long as they please.

No one wants to be in business with someone not trustworthy.

Trust is the base of my work. Who would come to me to learn unless they trust me?

I feel that participants trust my work more the longer they take part in it. There are fewer questions; there is more relaxation. It works. They know: I can trust the process. And if there is something I am not sure about, I know I can ask, and I know things can be changed according to what is needed at the moment.

Thanks to everyone who trusts our work. Every day we practice being worthy of your trust.

Joseph Bartz