Trite & True: Your Reputation Precedes You
“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.”
We live in a day and age when an individual’s name and reputation isn’t really a big deal any longer. Growing up, I remember hearing my father say, “My word is my bond.” He cared about his name and reputation. He kept his word. If he told someone he was going to do something, he would always follow through with it.
The writer of Proverbs tells us to “choose a good reputation.” He also tells us to be held in “high esteem” by our fellow man is better than any amount of money [which includes gold or silver].
When you turn on the news today and your see a picture of an individual … what immediately comes to your mind? The same can be asked about a fellow coach or leader on your team or in your organization?
Here is the reality: those same questions and evaluations are being asked about you and me. What reputation do you want to be known by? When others see you coming, what do you want to be said about you at work, home, the ball-field, in the office or by those you have a brief connection with?
Let me encourage you to value your reputation because it will always proceed you. Never perfection – but always seeking to make progress. Be worth being this week.
Make it a great day!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 37 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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