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Coming Soon... 2008

I'm doing my new years post a few days early this year. I have a post coming out on the first and I want to give this one a few days at the top.

So first, let's get to last year's goals.

#1... Failed completely. I gained a lot of insight, though. A few things here...

Why Reputation Matters

On Machiavelli

Another part in our series of posts discussing quotes from Robert Greene in his book, the 48 Laws of Power. This blog isn't run by his PR agency, if he even has one. I only make these posts because of the impact he has had on my life with his books. Read my first post for more information.

"Do not leave your reputation to chance or gossip; it is your life's artwork, and you must craft it, hone it, and display it with the care of an artist." - Robert Greene.

This quote from Greene focusing on the importance of an individual's reputation. He mentions that it is one of the most important asset that a person has, and that asset should be protected like no other. To me personally, I am extremely careful about preserving my reputation. And while this may seem to some as being superficial and being a people-pleaser, it is important to note that all our interactions and relationships are influenced by our reputation.

Whenever anyone speaks of us, they are influencing our reputation. This is why it is extremely important to constantly consider how your actions are influencing other aspects of your life. For example, if it is known that a certain area or establishment in town is frequented by people of ill-repute, it is advisable to not go there. Even if you are doing nothing wrong, anyone who sees you there will assume that you are. That person will then go tell others about it, and just like that your reputation will be destroyed.

Not only is it important to preserve our reputation, it is also important to build it. Do things of good character with a good intention, and your reputation will build.

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