Dependability is "doing what I said I would do, even when it is difficult". Dependability comes from the Latin prefix De- meaning “down” or “from” and pendere meaning “to hang.” Combined, those terms mean “to hang from.” A swing can hang from a tree branch, window washers can hang from the top of a skyscraper, and mountain climbers can hang from a cliff. They all “hang from” a dependable structure that can bear weight without breaking.


  1. Keep my word.
  2. Be careful what I promise.
  3. Correct my mistakes.
  4. Do my fair share.
  5. Have a good attitude.


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