• 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

In today’s age we have so much information thrown at us, it’s often hard to determine its reliability. Is it true or is it someone’s version of the truth? Is it a trusted news source or a fake news source? The skeptic says to take everything with a grain of salt. The Bible tells us to lean not on our own understanding. So, at what point do you consider something reliable? If you are conducting an experiment and your findings are always coming back consistent, you should then be able to predict, with a high degree of certainty, the outcome the next time you run the test. Over time you would come to trust the reliability of the model in place and come to depend on a that model in the future. 

Reliability for me is something you can count on. It’s a factor that is earned by turning in consistent results. One of the keys to establishing reliability is having a set expectation or goal. If you don’t know what your aiming for, how will you know if you’re hitting the mark? It’s like a hammer and a nail. Both were designed for a particular purpose and are reliable tools that people have come to depend on. Someone can reliably swing a hammer, but if they’re not hitting the nail, they’re useless. Sure, you can knock stuff down and have fun smashing thing, but overall, you’re probably just damaging the wood that you’re trying to bind together. It takes precision, timing, accuracy and practice to do the job right. 

At Funds For Learning we know that E-rate is a constantly moving target. As E-rate Guides we strive daily to hit the mark and be that trusted resource the E-rate Community can rely on; to be the hammer that nails down the commitment. In the end though, actions speak louder than words. By your actions you will be known as others determine for themselves whether they will ultimately rely, trust and depend on you.

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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