Reputation: Why Does It Matter?

A person’s reputation affects the way that other people will view and treat them.  This is important, as a person with a good reputation will be looked up to, while a person with a bad reputation will be avoided.  People need to protect their reputation, as it is often what others define them as a person by, and it is so easy to tarnish.  Despite the fact that a person may have built an amazing character over the course of many years, strangers won’t be able to see this, and what will ultimately be on display is their reputation.  People will focus on the bad things others do, and despite the fact the amount of good things they may do, the negative will ones often undermine the positive.  This uneven balance is why it’s so important to truly get to know a person and find out what their character is like, rather than assuming that their reputation is true.

scale

The left side represents the negative aspects of a person’s reputation, while the right side represents the positive.  The negative will ten to outweigh the positive.

To change a person’s reputation is practically impossible, as some people will continue to hate on others no matter what they see or are told.  However, there are some ways that a person can protect their reputation.  The major way in which a person can keep others’ positive view on themselves is to think before they speak, and to avoid stating controversial opinions.


“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


“It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently”. -Warren Buffett


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