10 pithy reputation management quotes from people smarter than you & me
Sometimes is takes an entire book to define reputation management. Smarter people can define it in a single sentence.
1. “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Abraham Lincoln
2. “Your brand name is only as good as your reputation.” Richard Branson
3. “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” Jeff Bezos
4. “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 Buffet
5. “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” Booker T. Washington
6. “When you win, don’t swagger. When you lose, don’t sulk.” Rick Warren
7. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King Jr.
8. “The way to gain good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” Socrates
9. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” Henry Ford
10. “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
9 Comments for “10 pithy reputation management quotes from people smarter than you & me”
Love this….only wish there was a woman among the lot! Thanks Andy. best, lgr
Me too! Do you know any reputation quotes by famous women (I couldn’t find any)? I’d love to do a follow up post.
How about a reputation quote by the American Author and Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret Mitchell, who said…
“With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.”
– Margaret Mitchell
One correction: The quote you attribute to Booker T. Washington should have been attributed to George Washington.
Thank you for the info, Joe! We’ve done some research, and can only find attribution to Booker T. Washington. I haven’t yet seen a source credit this one to George Washington. Do you have more information? I am happy to research further 🙂
Here are five citations attributing the quote to George Washington Erin. I also found citations attributing it to Booker T. Washington, but far more attributed it to George. These were all found with a simple Google search.
Well, it was said by a Washington, we can all agree on that! 😉
Well, at least it wasn’t Denzel or Dinah Washington.
To say about anyone it’s too easy but you don’t know what is the impact of this word on relevant person.
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