If I Were Running A Company…Faith/Belief/Trust


On Wikipedia, here’s how they define faith, belief, and trust:

Faith: confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion. It can also be defined as belief that is not based on proof, as well as confidence based on some degree of warrant.

Belief: a psychological state in which an individual holds a conjecture or premise to be true.

Trust: reliance and confidence on another person or entity.

Why I’m using these three words because some people assume faith, belief and trust are the same thing, which they are not. Although all three have in common with confidence, you should viewed them as different tiers.

Let’s use faith, belief, and trust in the job search process.

Faith essentially is where you apply for the position and doing research on the employees working there. You have confidence that you can fit in with your skills and you hope (and pray) that you will get notice for a phone screen or interview. Speaking of that…

Belief is during the phone screening and interview process where you want to hear from the interviewer the points you want to hear so there’s something that you can work with, and vice versa.

Trust is a little tricky. You would assume signing an offer letter and reading the employee handbook is trust. No. Trust is a very long step that has to be earned from both sides. Trust starts when you first step in the workplace and getting to know your resources (people, equipment, software, et al). In the first few weeks, you establish a workflow and knowing what pieces are in place. Then the trust builds up when you have projects, deadlines, and special events. At that point, can you fully trust the person?

Think of your work as marriage. You were attracted by their looks and qualities and you spend some time with them and want to spend some more. The climax of the relationship is the marriage (or in this case, signing the offer letter) and everything is downhill from there. The only thing you can still be near the climax is if you work very hard on the relationship. You are going to have fights and arguments, but it’s how you respond of each obstacle that you earn each other’s trust. However, trust is fully earned when after your stint is done and you reflect what made your stint in the company successful.

Trust is about making a big commitment  to the others on what they’re doing. What if one slips by? It takes a lot of effort knowing if one is doing the job that both of you want.This is why you need people to believe in your work. In believing, people don’t have to agree with what your doing, but they want to know if you’re doing can yield results. At the end of the day, it isn’t about making to make your co-workers happy, it’s the results and how it became about. The only part trust comes in play in work is when someone does something that’s harmful to the individual, the group or the business. At work, it’s important to believe than to trust.

Although faith, belief, and trust sound the same, they’re different concepts. Is it important to have all three virtues? Sure, but understand it will take a lot of work to handle each virtue. I’m just saying you got to have faith and belief, but trust will take time or may never happen, but have joy in the process of work.


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