For what are you known? Over a period of time, people tend to typecast you and others they know. Some people are called risk takers, others are called conservative. In effect, we build up through our actions a brand. Some people are good at self promotion and they put their image in a good light.
In my travels to find amazing people, I have discovered that reputations count. For example, what comes to mind when you read the names of Casanova, Mother Teresa, Einstein, Lincoln, Marie Curie or any other name you choose. There are pluses and minuses in terms of what we think they did or said.
But are we correct in our judgements? I have been surprised to find that many of the people on my amazing list, have been pinned in the proverbial corner. For example, Cassanova has an anniversary this week. His name has become synonmous with love, sex exploits and the free life. Well, there was for more to him than that. He was a writer, businessman and adviser to the royalty and spoke several languages. What he did during the daytime was far more impressive than what he did at nightime.
Bernard Shaw said that his reputation grew with every failure. So, it depends on how you present you activities. Today, if you have a computer you can spread your image and reputation at the click of a finger.
But, is reputation just a set of opinions that others have of you? Or, is it what you achieve, regardless of people’s opinions? The amazing people I have discovered were all achievers.