I recently read an Article about Reputation and it really got me thinking… everything said within it was 100% true. Here are some excerpts…..
A reputation is a precious thing. It is a measure of who you are and what people can expect of you. Nearly 2,500 years ago King Solomon said, “A good name is better than riches.” Clearly a good reputation was valuable even then.
Your reputation is linked to your character—the kind of person you are when no one else is around. Whether your reputation is lost or stolen, it cannot be easily retrieved. People are not inclined to give second chances or fresh or different second opinions.
I’ve discovered over a period of time that it’s not always the big things that make the difference, it’s often the little things that sully a reputation. You see, your reputation can be lost or stolen not just by the big things, but by the little things as well. However, one cannot live in fear of every mistake being the end of a relationship. To the contrary, a solid reputation in the will create an atmosphere of trust and, when appropriate, forgiveness.
To develop a reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness, I encourage you to practice these principles in your practice:
1: Align yourself with trustworthy people
2: Have a code of ethics
3: Know your purpose
4: Practice self-discipline versus self-indulgence
* Self-indulgence says, “Think about how you feel, then take action or no action and worry about the consequences later.”
* Self-discipline says, “Think about the consequences and then decide which action is appropriate and, having taken the appropriate action, you feel great afterwards.”
5: Focus on thankfulness versus entitlement
A reputation is a fragile thing. It must be protected at all costs by realizing that as the ancient writings tell us, “As a person thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Examine your heart and determine your motives to ensure that you are building your reputation as an honest, ethical individual with whom people will want to be around. Guard your reputation zealously and be constantly on the lookout for the myriad of opportunities to enhance your reputation by focusing on other people versus yourself.
[Source] with some small edits by me
I do agree that a reputation is extremely valued, especially in the Arab & Muslim world… but for me, I feel that the way I act around people, treat others and respect everyone is a darn sight better than worrying about if someone spreads a false rumour about me which would result in a nasty reputation. I know that those people in my close knit world know the real me, would never believe any of the crap that is spread and would never change their thoughts about me, even if we did fall out at any time.
I will leave you with a quote I first heard when I was 17 and it stuck with me ever since & have followed it word by word
- Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are ~ John Wooden
Anyway, what do you think? Do you think your reputation is more important than how you act around others? or do you think your reputation is more important and damn the others?