Trust Not, Want Not

Ronald Reagan often said “Trust.  But verify” when negotiating with the Soviets.

More cynically during the early 90s, I used to say “trust not, want not” after combining that Russian proverb with “waste not, want not.”

Happily, I’ve lost my cynicism since then, but I still use the phrase as a reminder to never assume that all necessary things are in place: Airline reservations.  Correctly formatted data sets.  All business partners fully prepared for a Tuesday morning client presentation…

Double check with a smile.  But double check.

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