Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold
- the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.
“his reputation was tarnished by allegations that he had taken bribes”
- a widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic.
“his knowledge of his subject earned him a reputation as an expert”
So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land Joshua 6:27
They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness Ps. 89:16
A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker Pr. 24:8
Others may accuse you or gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation Pr. 25:10
Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation Heb. 11:2
Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation Pr. 3:4
A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born Eccl. 7:1
Ten Avoidable Ways To Ruin Your Reputation
by Liz Ryan , CONTRIBUTOR
I write about bringing life to work and bringing work to life.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
- People don’t realize that reputations stick around for a long time. I didn’t realize it, either. I’m amazed now when someone says “Hi Liz! We met at such-and-such a conference in Chicago in 1989.”
- People will remember you, especially people you work with directly.
- They’ll remember you by the things you said and did and the things you didn’t say and didn’t do.
- Nobody sets out to build a reputation as a con artist, a lightweight, a false friend or a person you can’t rely on — yet people get these reputations every day.
- Once you have an unfortunate reputation, it can be hard to shake it.
- I’ve heard that you have to repeat an altered or new behavior — let’s say, calling your friend back when you promise to rather than not calling him back the way you always used to do — at least ten times before your friends will believe the New You is real.
- If you’ve established a name for yourself that is not the name you’d like plastered on your forehead, getting back to neutral requires lots of breathing, careful repetition of the New You behaviors you want to showcase, and above all patience with yourself and others.
Here are ten regrettable and avoidable ways to ruin your reputation by accident:
1. Burn a bridge and then ignore it or pretend it didn’t happen.
2. Ease your own anxiety by talking about other people all the time.
3. Mixing business and social relationships to an excessive degree and losing your perspective about it.
4. Using poor judgment at work or in social settings with your workmates, or taking advantage of every professional event to get drunk.
5. Being two-faced: saying one thing to one person and the complete opposite to someone else.
6. Blaming other people for your mistakes or being out of the room whenever problems are being discussed.
7. Taking credit for other people’s work.
8. Ratting out your fellow employees to your manager. Promising to keep confidences and then doing just the opposite.
9. Pretending to be the supervisor when you’re not a supervisor, and bossing people around.
10. Generally treating people badly at work when you are cross, or all the time.