A bias for trust
Instead of seeking and amplifying the sharp edges, consider focusing on the dignity and goodwill of the people you’re working with.
Sure, there are people out there who will disappoint you. But expecting to be ripped off poisons all your interactions instead of saving you from a few dead ends.
An open mind and an open heart usually lead to precisely that in those that you are about to deal with. Perhaps we should give people a chance to live up to our trust instead of looking for the gotcha.
[Apply this outside of the context of business as well please.]
Source: Seth’s Blog