The Only Part Of Your Reputation To Worry About
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Joseph Addison in wrote the following in 1712 about Cato:
We can’t guarantee success, we can do something better, we can deserve it.
Ryan Holiday adds:
The same goes for reputations. Nothing we do can ensure we get the reputation we deserve, but we can deserve a good one. We don’t know whether people will recognize our honesty or hard work or grace under pressure, so we shouldn’t worry about it.
That feels about right.