Steve Jobs once said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life, have the courage to follow your heart.”
Four years ago I took a risk to try something totally new; I announced I would be going on a 1000 day Trust Tour. It’s okay if you don’t know what a “Trust Tour” is, at the time, I wasn’t sure what it was either. I had thought up the concept after trying to figure out how to express an idea that was boiling up inside me.
Now let it be known “I love life,” and I am thankful to have experienced 50 years on this planet. But, I hate that there is still so much unnecessary pain happening all around me. It all seems so primitive. There has to be a better way to live then this thin vail that stands between civility and chaos. It appears to be a human truth that to preserve our comfort, safety, and wealth we are willing to lie, cheat, and steal from each other. Now, don’t get me wrong, I haven’t lost hope and I know that not everyone is playing this game; but enough are that it threatens us all.
I wanted to know if this primitive behavior could be changed. Did we have to wait a thousand more years to truly learn to respect each other? Did we have to tolerate a thousand more years of corruption and selfishness? Was there a way to speed up our cultural evolution through conscious thought and communication? The Trust Tour was about seeking answers to these questions.
On Thanksgiving Day 2009, I started a journey to reach out to the most interesting people I could find and ask these questions, and listen to their stories. From senators to criminals, from the homeless to billionaires, from a monk to a space shuttle commander, from a cancer patient to an astrologer I asked them to tell their stories of trust and betrayal. What surprised me was how much I enjoyed doing this work … well actually, I loved doing it. To me, it felt like I was working on the most important issue in the world.
The tour ended August 22nd 2012 on my 50th birthday. I may not have changed the world, but it certainly changed me. The people I met along the way taught me important lessons. You are welcome to page through the tour dates and see what I learned first hand. The next phase of my learning will be as I take what I learned and build a Trust Center headquartered in eastern Pennsylvania. It will be an experiential learning center where people can improve their lives through these philosophies.
Thank you and stay tuned for updates on the new Trust Center!
Much love and respect,