As a young teenager, I remember getting caught – again – telling my mother, Irene, a big whopper.

My response: “I don’t know why you can’t just trust me!”

Recently, when I read Joel Peterson’s excellent business book “The 10 Laws of Trust,” I thought back on the many creative stories I contrived, attempting to get out of a well-deserved punishment. In the book, Peterson recommends specific ways to build bonds that make a business great. They are easy to understand but challenging to implement.

Most of these laws of trust can transfer over to my personal life. As I age, I recognize I built quite a rap sheet in my younger days. My word was an ever-bending thing. It got me nowhere but in danger and trouble.

I got better – thank goodness. In the past 40 years or so, I hope people, both in and out of business, have seen me as a trustworthy fellow. A man of my word. A friend and colleague you can count on.

Now, at 75, that feels pretty darn good.

And, Dad? Yes, I did fill up your Johnnie Walker bottle with water.

I’m glad I finally got that one off my chest.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.