So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life
"Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations. Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them."
R E P U T A T I O N I S E V E R Y T H I N G - G U A R D I T W I T H Y O U R L I F E
"For as Cicero says, even those who argue against fame still want the books they write against it to bear their name in the title and hope to become famous for despising. Everything else is subject to barter: we will let our friends have our goods and our lives if need be; but a case of sharing our fame and making someone else the gift of our reputation is hardly to be found."
To a degree, everyone around us is like a mystery that can never be solved or understood fully. No matter what sort of appearances someone presents, there is always a part of it that is simply an act, and it is nearly impossible to penetrate and probe the hidden layers of the mind. That is why most people choose to rely on appearances to make their judgement on an individual instead of carefully investigating their actions and true motives.
For example, professional athletes are always under pressure to perform to bring victory to their team, even after wining a championship, there are doubts raised about using performance increasing drugs, the whole reputation and victory can turn into disaster.
The key to building power is to focus on one particular aspect of your reputation that is your greatest strength, whether it be in charm, grace, civility, leadership, seductiveness, or more. Continue to focus on this one aspect and once it grows larger, and begins to become better known, watch as it spreads like wildfire.
Never take your reputation for granted, there is no reversal to this law, and ruining your reputation is very likely to deal blows to you to the point where recovery will be a long and painful process. If this does happen though, and your reputation takes a nasty hit from an enemy attack, you could try joining forces with someone with a greater image, if they will allow you to recover from beneath the shadowy protection of their own reputation.
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