One of my favorite quotes is by Henry J. Kaiser. “When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”
What does this mean for the concept of trust? It seems to be one of the key characteristics of trustworthy people. They spend no time interrupting their work. They simply allow it to speak for itself. I hope I don’t have to explain any of what I have done, but can only let it speak.
If we can get to the point where we are comfortable with only an occasional affirmation of our work, but don’t need more, we can go in working, and not be concerned with receiving accolades. We can then continue to do our best. I say, let someone else keep score. A quote I read somewhere (I wish I could take credit, but can’t) is, “The only way to handle praise is to keep on working.” A good lesson of us all.