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January 4, 2007

A reputation is a funny animal. It precedes you without your conscious awareness. It permeates the thoughts of the person speaking to you. It leaves a perfume or a funk behind you as you leave a place.

A good reputation is to be valued over many riches and treasured. A bad or poor reputation is a problem that needs to be fixed. As soon as possible.

It is a good thing to have friends and acquaintances who protect your reputation.

I have a friend like that. 🙂 I have more than one. I am rich.

I hope I can always be a friend like that to others.

  • Difster

    Isn’t it unfortunate though that what can take years to build can be brought down by careless words (your own or someone else’s).

    But your real friends will protect you.

  • Difster

    Isn’t it unfortunate though that what can take years to build can be brought down by careless words (your own or someone else’s).

    But your real friends will protect you.

  • Morris

    I also count myself fortunate to have those kind of friends, who have not only defended my rep, but have also done so fiercely.

  • Morris

    I also count myself fortunate to have those kind of friends, who have not only defended my rep, but have also done so fiercely.

  • Triton

    I’m reminded of some lines from Shakespeare…

    “Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.”

    “Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed.”

  • Triton

    I’m reminded of some lines from Shakespeare…

    “Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.”

    “Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed.”

  • Erik

    I sometimes wonder what my own reputation is. What do people think of me and what do they say about me to others.

    I also wonder why it is that I don’t comment over here more often. I may have read every single thing you have ever written upon this blog but I often find you have made your case well and that I can’t add anything. Or the regulars have added what is needed.

    Okay, so that was a total tangent. Sorry (o=

  • Erik

    I sometimes wonder what my own reputation is. What do people think of me and what do they say about me to others.

    I also wonder why it is that I don’t comment over here more often. I may have read every single thing you have ever written upon this blog but I often find you have made your case well and that I can’t add anything. Or the regulars have added what is needed.

    Okay, so that was a total tangent. Sorry (o=

  • Pablo

    Good insight. Ultimately though, I think the only reputation that really matters is the one you have with your family and very close friends. They know about your flaws and are understanding. What the world has to say about me is something I couldn’t possibly care less about. As a matter of fact, I know that nearly the entire planet is unaware of my existence, so it’s rather easy to ignore what other people think about me.

  • MikeT

    I agree with Difster on that one. Personally, I see reputations to a degree as a way that others have illegitimate power over you. Even Jesus had a bad reputation. Human opinions are often evilly motivated, and should be taken with a grain of salt. That’s why I am still quick to see whether or not someone deserves my respect, regardless of whether or not they have a good reputation with others.