Wise Words on Reputation
Wisdom is everywhere, especially when it comes to how to build your reputation. Whether it's in your personal life or in business, you can't go wrong with these words of advice from the wise, famous, and experienced throughout history. Here are 25 quotes on reputation to inspire you as you build and grow your own in a positive direction.
"Be more concerned with character than reputation. Character is what you are, reputation is what people think you are."
- John Wooden
From the record-setting late UCLA basketball coach, this is one of the most often repeated quotes about character and reputation, and it is as true for business as it is your personal life. While reputation is how the public sees you, it can go hand in hand with character. Your reputation comes from the authenticity of character in your life, business, and brand. Be of good character and it will shine through in your reputation.
"Reputation is like fine china: Once broken it’s very hard to repair."
- Abraham Lincoln
People will forgive you if they see that you made a mistake and own up to it, but it can take a long time for them to forget, if ever. It's better to zealously guard a reputation and work to keep it as positive as possible. But if it does falter, it is vital to fix your reputation as soon as possible.
"Work is the price which is paid for reputation."
- Baltasar Gracian
Keeping a reputation positive, especially in business, requires a watchful eye. You need to make sure you stay on top of how people see you by interacting with your stakeholders and being keenly aware of how you are viewed by the public. Give it focus and your hard work will pay off.
"The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests."
When you face difficulties in your business, stay the course and push on. Your reputation will grow and the public will see your business for the strong entity it is and respond accordingly.
"All you have in business is your reputation - so it's very important that you keep your word."
- Richard Branson
Make sure that you not only have a positive reputation with the public but follow it up with actions and facts that support the public view. If you say something, make sure you mean it and keep your word.
"You can't buy a good reputation; you must earn it."
- Harvey Mackay
There are no shortcuts to a good reputation. It takes hard work and authentic action.
"Your personal brand is a promise to your clients… a promise of quality, consistency, competency, and reliability."
- Jason Hartman
Your brand and reputation are uniquely yours. No other company can exactly replicate the relationship you have with your stakeholders. The best way to connect and foster a positive reputation is to be authentic and then back it up with action.
"It is difficult to make a reputation, but is even more difficult seriously to mar a reputation once properly made - so faithful is the public."
- Arnold Bennett
If stakeholders know that you have a history of doing the right things and the reputation you have developed comes from an authentic place, the public will often be more forgiving if your company makes a misstep. This is why it is vital to foster a positive reputation.
"It is better to be alone than in bad company."
- George Washington
Be careful who you associate with, whether it is personal or business. The public will measure you by who you work with, even in the corporate world.
Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of."
"A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was."
- Joseph Hall
Reputations can be recovered, but it takes time and effort (and sometimes a bit of help). It may be a while before the public forgets what happened, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't fix it. In fact, it's vital that you do and do so quickly.
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."
- Henry Ford
Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. The public wants to see that you are doing things, not just paying lip service. Often they see right through inauthenticity and assume you are doing it just in order to lure them in, which will make them turn the other way and possibly to your competitors.
"Character is much easier kept than recovered."
- Thomas Paine
Building your reputation and being true to it is not only easier but more effective than trying to rebuild it after a crisis. Carefully monitoring your image and fixing problems before they get out of control will allow you to avoid major problems in the future.
"If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself."
- D.L. Moody
If your motives are true and authentic, your reputation will follow. Don't try to fake it either. The public can be very savvy
"Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do."
- Liz Smith
Take action and don't just say you are going to do something. The world is full of people with ideas, so be a person or company who takes action and your reputation will reflect that.
"Whether true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence on their lives, and particularly on their destinies, as what they do."
- Victor Hugo
People talk and that's part of how reputations are made. It's how you are viewed in the public space, whether true or not, that shapes your reputation. So it's very important to monitor how you are seen by people and the public's opinion of you.
"There is no advertisement as powerful as a positive reputation traveling fast."
- Brian Koslow
Word spreads and you want it to be positive. People will not only be drawn to your business's good reputation but will tell others and your business will grow.
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
- Warren Buffett
Remember that you have put all of your blood, sweat, and tears into not only your business but your reputation and how people see your brand. It can all come crashing down very quickly, so guard your reputation closely and approach your public image carefully.
"Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy."
- Jim Rohn
Giving back is an important part of business. You are not only helping others, but it will add to your reputation and stakeholders will respond to your actions.
"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip."