I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Betrayal can happen to anyone. You can be involved in a business proposition that is going really well, and then suddenly, it’s off the rails. The people you went into business with betrayed you, or at least one of them did.
You trusted them to do certain things, and that trust was misplaced. What do you do now? There’s nothing you can change about the past. You’re powerless to do so. All you can do is learn lessons, cut your losses, and try to prevent something like this from happening.
That means you’re going to have to learn to trust again. We all have to trust people in our lives, personally and professionally. Here are two ways to give yourself a better chance at business success by learning to trust again after a bad burn.
Don’t Try to Read Minds.
Asking questions is a simple tool to keep your professional relationships strong. You are no mind reader. You can’t simply look at a business partner, coworker, or employee and expect to know their thoughts.
You can only discover what’s on their minds by asking questions and engaging in conversation.
You might think there is only one logical way to handle a business situation. So you automatically believe your business partner sees things the same way. Instead of assuming that there is only one sensible way to handle something, ask questions. Talk it out. Don’t try to read minds; you could be at least partially responsible if a business trust is broken.
Stop Saying, “I Will Never …”
This is a knee-jerk reaction. You got taken advantage of. Somebody proved to be untrustworthy. It stings. You were betrayed as a business partner, a boss, a manager, or a coworker. Whatever you do, don’t rule out any specific course of action in the future.
Your professional life will see small, medium, large, and extra-huge levels of betrayal. That’s the undeniable truth. If you stop trusting everyone at work, you won’t form the workplace or business relationships that can help boost your options and your potential upside.
Workplace mistrust isn’t uncommon. Business deals go bad. People betray each other in personal and business relationships. This universal truth should prepare you for someone breaking your trust. When it happens, don’t let it sour you for future opportunities where you could enjoy a positive business experience.
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