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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Trust

Currently reading - Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Trust is not an easy thing to come by.  Ninety-nine per cent of trust is perception, and even the illusion of trust is hard to earn.  A miniscule crack in the fascade destroys the entire foundation of the trust.  You're left with nothing but shards and an unstable base that may never support trust again.

And in the insane upheaval surrounding the publishing industry today, the fact that trust can exist at all surprises me.

What disturbs me is the rising polarity in discourse about the state of the industry.  Fear of the unknown, of change, of 'what will happen to me' feeds this animosity.  And the illusion of trust, that 'we're all in this together,' disappears in the flame wars and is burnt to a crisp.

Why?  Because many people confuse trust with the road to be tread.  They forget not everyone is on the same road.  And they also forget they must earn your trust that they will not run you off the road or crash into you when you both reach an intersection, just as you must earn theirs.

There is no one perfect path to your dream.  And don't let anyone roll over your trust in yourself.

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