"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid."
Perhaps I trust where others are not so trusting. Probably I give individuals the benefit of the doubt where others would not. Admittedly my favorite glasses are rose-colored.
And yes, I have been burned. But who hasn't? Baptism by fire is neither pleasant nor easy, but it is usually pretty quick. Any sticky residue has been burned off, so most likely when it's done, it's done. The lesson has not only been learned, it has been lived, and it has probably left a mark.