• Performing well in a consistent manner over a long period of time
  • Yielding dependable and predictable outcomes again and again
  • Contributing to the team on a consistent and trusted basis


Have you ever known someone that you trusted would be there for you consistently? Perhaps it was a friend or a family member; and you knew that this individual could be relied upon to be there for you when you needed them.

I have been blessed with a few such relationships. One of them is a friend of mine who I first got to know in junior high. Our friendship started when we would walk to and from school together. Out of those walks was forged a friendship spanning three decades. Today, we live in different states. We both have numerous commitments that interfere with us seeing each other or talking much. (Occasionally, he and I see each other, but not very often. We talk or e-mail one another a little more than we see each other, but still not as frequently as we should); however, I know that if I were to call him tomorrow morning with an emergency, he would do everything in his power to be there for me. I know that I can rely on him, and I am quite certain that he knows that he can rely on me.


There is something in all of us that yearns for a reliable place to turn. When we find it, it provides a wonderful sense of security and assurance. Therefore, we should all strive, in our own way, to be someone that others can count on.

At Funds For Learning, it is our goal that every individual -- and our company as a whole -- be viewed as that type of trusted friend. I’ve previously discussed the concept of reliability in a work setting and how to increase personal reliability. It is important to work on improving our own reliability, and that really starts with having a picture in our minds of what reliability feels like. It feels like that friend you know you can pick up the phone and call in the middle of the night for help. A trusted friend, that is the essence of reliability.


Key words and phrases

Dependability; Consistently able to be trusted; Constant; Yielding the same results repeatedly; Responsible; Solid and sure; Predictable; Stable and steadfast

Opposite terms

Undependable; Faltering; Irresponsible; Can't be counted on


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