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Reputation is Everything

+ Posted by Peter Bowden

“What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.” Henry David Thoreau.

In reality, our careers and personal success have always depended on what other people make of us. In other words, reputation is king. Consider these four facts everyone should digest about your reputation:

  1. It is probably not what you think: Most people are unaware of their reputation. In other words, what is your impact on others..
  2. You are probably not that interested in it: There are two sides of reputation - the bright side which most are aware of, then there's dark side, which most choose to ignore. This is why you are reluctant to seek feedback from people who criticize you. 
  3. It takes ages to change: People are quick to make up their mind about our reputation, and it takes a great deal of time and effort to change those views. Likewise, once our reputation solidifies we will need an enormous amount of dedication and persistence to create a new reputation, and the sediments of our past reputation will always remain. 
  4. It is the best measure of your talent: Reputation is the bitcoin for talent. Reputation is the definitive measure of your talent, as well as a major constrain to your potential. The good news is that being aware of your reputation will help you harness your potential. Reputation is largely a reflection of your personality – how other people perceive it — and talent is largely personality in the right place.

Finally, one of the positive consequences of living in a reputation economy is that it is now easier than ever to find out what others think of us. E-mails and other technologically-mediated communication forms make it pretty painless to request critical feedback from others, especially compared to face-to-face conversations. 

Yet we don’t need technology to understand your reputation. In fact, there is no better way to come to terms with your career reputation than asking experts in your field to give honest feedback about your achievements. Thus the best mentor is someone who carefully monitors your reputation and helps curate it to reflect the best possible version of yourself

SOURCE: Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic.

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Peter F. Bowden, TMP

President & CEO, Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau

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