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Duff here. Once again, Mom had an Important Thing to Do that did not include Me. Mostly because She was going to a Restaurant to enjoy a meal with Friends. Did You know The Powers That be won’t allow a Canine in the facility? Something about mixing Dogs and Food. I mean really! So She tucks Me into the office. And makes motions as if to Leave. Not unstuck.

This time, I did all of My Tricks. The Lowered head pose. The Flop on the Floor. The mournful Look. The slight Whimper. All to communicate: I know You’re leaving and will never come back. Never. No trust? Or just devious? Usually Mom disregards all of My Antics (Thank you, Cesar Millan, Dog Whisperer.) But this Time? She gathered me up and We sat companionably for a few Minutes. I sighed and stretched. I licked My Chops, the sign of true Contentment. Then, She patted My head and I was in bliss. And yes, She did return to Pick Me up. That’s trust. Living unstuck.

How about You? Do You go through Times where You’re not really sure of an Outcome? But it all works out? I say: Trust the Positive. Expect the best. And 99 percent of the time, You will be rewarded. Living unstuck. #unstuck-living#trust

All of the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.

—Peter Pan, James M. Barrie

Football, Hurricane Harvey and Trust

Hurricane Harvey came and went. But JJ Watt, All Pro defensive end for the Houston Texans, never got stuck. Even before the disaster, this 6’5” behemoth was arguably the most beloved athlete in Texas. He has stuck with a team that tries hard to reach the NFL playoffs, but they are thwarted every year. He has shown loyalty and integrity throughout the years by sticking with the team.

This quality was never more evident than after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. He saw the problems in Houston and stepped up. He got unstuck. JJ began a fundraising campaign to aid relief efforts in the area. He hoped to raise $200,000. Yesterday, the funds were at $18 million. Today, it is over $20 million. Many of the 180,000 donations were less than $100. Last evening, he was standing in front of a warehouse full of donated goods and supplies. Donors trust him.

Others may have been stuck in the moment, dazzled by the spotlight. What interested me was his perspective and integrity. He clearly stated that he felt the responsibility of the faith people had in him. He wanted to do right by them.

People trust a man who knows his own values. JJ Watt is not going to get stuck in stardom. He’s down to earth and even personally helped deliver supplies where they were needed. I don’t know how I’d be able to inspire others to trust me enough to donate $20 million or more to a cause. To move forward and not get stuck in this immense need of Houston says volumes. Your thoughts? (Let me know below in the Comments.)

Want to develop more trust? Trust is consistency over time, according to Jeff Weiner, CEO of Linked In. He just sold his business to Microsoft for $1.2B, so I listened to his counsel. If you take the high road and always act in the same way… you will be trusted. You are dependable. Others can count on you. Get stuck in the positive. It’s about connecting, community and being heard. It’s that simple.