The Idea Dude


Thursday, July 03, 2008

The importance of reputation

My daughter graduated from elementary school this last month. The following anonymous poem was quoted.

Be careful of your thoughts, for your thought become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.

I thought about the importance of this blog and the impact on my reputation. I met someone a few weeks earlier to discuss a potential business opportunity. He had read my blog and it made it so much easier meeting the first time... at least for him because he felt he already knew me and what I stood for.

Our blogs reflect our thinking and our values over time. It tells people who we are over a long time-line. Unlike resumes that objectively list our accomplishments or subjectively try to sell our talents, blogs are much more personal and much less presumptuous.

Thanks to Google and internet archives, we have to be careful what we say for while they are not cast in stone, our words hang around for a very long time. They do become our legacy.

Our reputations are what others think of us. It is a public opinion... a social opinion. It is how others perceive us irrespective of what we are really inside. If we are authentic, then the inner and the outer is consistent. If we are not, we come across as being slippery and false.

Guard your reputation well. It will become your legacy.


Blogger Unknown said...


My name is Rob Gier. I am working on a community service project that will teach high school and communicty college students to use the techniques of new product development to help to address important social problems such as global warming.

The working title we have for the not for profit organization is Will this cause you any problems?

Please reply back to

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know how important of a post that was. It's very true that what you write on your blog stays around forever.

While I don't struggle with what to put online, I am definitely conscious of the fact that once I hit the publish button, a string of my work eventually become my legacy.

You're absolutely on the mark! While I don't usually like poems, I liked what you had put in this one.

11:37 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...


Thanks so much for sharing. It's evident from your excellent blog that a lot of thought goes into it. It's always inspiring and meaningful. I'd recommend it as a must-read to anyone.


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