People always think or hear of your reputation before they meet you. In professional services, people buy services based on individuals’ reputation. Normally, everyone is trying to earn a good reputation and try to do things in the proper way. But sometimes you may not succeed in creating the right perception. The following two quotes show the importance of reputation.
“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”- Benjamin Franklin
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”- John Wooden Quotes
But this post is about, How would You Like to be Remembered?
About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, “Dynamite King Dies.” And also “He was the merchant of death.” This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question, “Is this how I am going to be remembered?” He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.
Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we also should try to do the same, without waiting for a wake up call. People start philanthropy in their old age, because they want to do some good before going to their grave! Why not work hard, be known for your integrity, excellence and values, now?
Time to reflect……How would you like to be remembered?