Last summer I introduced myself to a stranger as we were sitting and waiting in the public area. “Hi. I’m Lance. How are you today?” He replied, “I know who you are. My brother lives here and we’ve talked about you.” “Uh-oh,” I thought. “This could be bad…”
Thankfully, the next words out of his mouth were, “He says you are a good guy to know.” That was quite nice to hear, and I was a bit embarrassed, but I think I moved deftly past that and asked him to tell me about himself. Afterwards, I reflected on how that conversation could have gone.
Your reputation is one of the most valuable intangible assets you possess. Like a shadow, it goes with you everywhere. Like water spilled from a bucket, it spreads and covers a lot more ground than you might expect.
Your reputation not only precedes you, it lingers long after you’re gone. Leave something for your children that they will cherish more than your money — your good name.
Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold.
– Proverbs 22:1