Skin In The Game

Trust requires sacrifice.  Someone has to be willing to give something up to be trusted. It’s a mixture of vulnerability, giving, economics, and communication.

Society is built around people making some sacrifices for the greater good – essentially as you cooperate you get more than you give.  Everyone builds trust by putting “Skin In The Game.”

But there’s always that desire to have no ties, no obligation, to be outside of the system.  It’s that dream – always unattainable, of being “separate.”  It never comes true, but people will build walls and castles and countries just to hope to have a bit of it.

When you want to be separate, you don’t want to put skin in the game.  Escaping that need is the very goal.  When you do that, how can you be trusted?

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at, publishes books on career and culture at, and does a site of creative tools at He can be reached at