It takes a lot of work and time to build a reputation. Making an impression is one thing (and certainly an important part of the battle). But the real challenge lies in being what you claim to be. If you want to have the reputation of a genius or comedian, then you actually need to be smart or funny. The shell of a person is only so thick and easily shattered. At the core, you must be everything you want to be and more. Until you are who you want to be on the inside, there’s no way you’ll ever be the person you want to be on the outside. Never waiver in your character or dreams; that’s where reputation comes from.
Interesting post. While reputation is important, it is only the way others perceive you. What I believe is even more important is your personal integrity. To let your inner person guide you, to not say, but do, to let people understand who and what you are by your actions. Those are the true test of character. We do not always know how to do things right, but if we know and show others what the right thing to do is, then there is the true measure of a person. To be true to oneself and to others, to not let others dictate what we should do or who we should be, these are difficult things to accomplish. But in the end, by being true to ourselves, by upholding our own personal integrity through our actions – that is the means by which solid reputations are built.
Thank you my dear friend for this venue to express.
Your humble friend,
Amazing insight, Jeff. I couldn’t agree more – the strongest reputation comes from the integrity within.
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