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.”
Exactly 4 years ago I announced to the world I would be going on a 1000 day Trust Tour. My friends and family were the only people who really noticed… and they were showing a less enthusiam than I hoped. They had ever heard of a “Trust Tour”. Even I could not explain it very well, All I knew was I had a deep longing to go. It just felt right, I had to go. What I wanted to do was to listen to other peoples stories and to share my own. I wanted to know if their life story, however unique, was pointing the same direction as mine. Like many people, my mental, physical and spiritual health was all about trust. I began to believe the holy grail of the human experience was to trust and be trusted.
This idea did not come out of the blue, business, family and personal events had converged to help bring this idea intensely into focus. World events post 9-11 seemed to just magnified the issue. At times I felt like all that stood between civility and chaos was a paper thin veneer. I did not want to accept the paradox that we humans are willing to destroy each other to save ourselves. I decided to add my voice to the cacophony of thoughts and wrote a book about trust in business. I thought this would surely be the end of my efforts to change the world and I could get back to the business of my everyday life. I was wrong… I became even more convinced that trust was the basis the success of my life and decided to go even deeper to find more answers. I wanted to know if the primitive behavior I saw around me and within me could be changed. Did we have to wait thousands of years to learn to respect each other. Do we really have to tolerate corruption and selfishness as a natural human state? Was there a way to speed up our cultural evolution through conscious thought and communication?
Along the way it came to my attention that people more intelligent, courageous and divine than I, have been thinking about this issue for a long time and frankly it did not end well for most of them. I started to questioned wether I wanted to walk down this path. Moreover, I wondered if I had anything to offer which is not already being taught in kindergarden and religious organizations around the world. On the other hand I realized I was not starting something new as much as joining in.
So on Thanksgiving day 2009 I started a journey to reach out to the most interesting people I could find and listen to their stories. From senators to criminals (is this redundant) 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 me stories of trust. I enjoyed doing it… no, I loved doing it. The tour ended August 22nd 2012 on my 50th birthday. It may not have changed the world, but it certainly changed me. I met courageous people who shared important lessons. Those lessons will be the core philosophies behind the new Trust Center being established in Pennsylvania. It will be a learning and conference center where people can come together to turn their most difficult problems into opportunities.
Thank you for being on the Trust Tour and stay tuned for more updates on the new Trust Center!
I trust you