“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Stepping into trust is like setting off on a roller coaster ride. Exciting, yes. Unpredictable, absolutely. It’s a leap into the unknown, a plunge into uncharted waters. But if you wish to find out if the water’s warm or cold, there’s no better way than to dip your toes in.

The best way to discern if a person is trustworthy, is simply to trust them. It’s like handing over the map and compass to a fellow hiker on a mountain trail. A leap of faith, a shot in the dark, call it what you will. If you never take that step, you’ll never know. No amount of hovering at the water’s edge, or scrutinizing that fellow hiker from a distance, will give you the answer you seek.

Trust isn’t a labyrinth you can navigate with a well-drawn map or a sophisticated compass. It’s a foggy road that unveils itself one step at a time. Trust them, then watch and observe. Will they guide you through the mountain trail or lead you astray? Only the act of trust will illuminate this.

Just as biting into an apple is the best way to judge its taste, trust is the crucible where true colors are revealed. It’s the testing ground where character stands trial, where actions do the talking, louder than any words.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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