ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Don’t Trust People Who Say “Trust Me”

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

Photo by Joseph Chan

I find myself hesitant whenever someone says, “trust me.” It’s an immediate red flag, triggering my skepticism. My instinctive reaction is simple: “Why should I?”

Don’t just tell me to trust you—show me. Prove through your words and deeds that integrity defines you. Without demonstration, I won’t take your word for it, so spare the effort.

In today’s world, the term “trust” has been so excessively used that it’s lost much of its meaning. In a landscape where every dubious individual is eager to inundate you with extravagant guarantees for products and services of questionable quality, how can any of us discern when trust is genuinely deserved?

Food for Thought

You’ll rarely hear me say “trust me”—I won’t insult you like that. I know that trust is something I have to earn over time. You’ll either end up trusting me or you won’t, but you’ll do it for your own reasons, not because I told you to.

I encourage you to be introspective with this one. Catch yourself when you say it next, and follow it by asking what your true intentions are. It is perfectly okay to be skeptical of others who use words as comfort rather than take action.

What can you do to prove that you are trustworthy? What can someone else do to prove it to you?

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