How To Be A Better Person
“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – Coach John Wooden
What a classic inspirational quote! If you want to become a better person, focus on your character more than your reputation.
Don’t misunderstand. A good reputation is important. It’s just secondary to your character.
Character vs. Reputation
- Your character is who you are on the inside. Your reputation is who others see on the outside.
- Your character is who you are when no one is looking. Your reputation is who others see when they are looking.
- Your character is who you are when facing a crisis. Your reputation is who others see when facing a crisis.
Obviously, more thoughts could be shared, but you’ve likely already caught the message. Character is WHO YOU ARE. Reputation is WHO OTHERS SEE. Both are important, but character is primary. In fact, your character is what builds your reputation over the long term. Short term, you can fake a reputation. But long term, who you are at the core of your being will be revealed. This means long term, even your reputation (i.e. who others see) will be shaped by your character (i.e. who you are) because you can’t fake character.
If you are truly interested in how to be a better person, then “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.”
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