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Threats to your individual reputation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWarren Buffet, one of the most successful businessmen i the US says: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently”. You can loose money many times but loosing your reputation can ruin all your efforts.

There are many threats to your individual reputation and of course, not knowing your strengths and reputation are two of the most important. Only when you know these can you fully add value, otherwise you will be undervalued and your capabilities will not be fully used. Of course it will affect your reputation.

But there is a threat that is not always so obvious and comes creeping – the stagnation trap.

If you start to feel an ongoing stagnation in your job and don’t get what you want from your talents, passion and ambition, your reputation will be affected and you will eventually loose in credibility. The important question is – are you where you want to be or where you have to be. If you are not where you want to be, you can do something about it – or rather you should do something about it. Your reputation is at stake here – it is constantly valued.

Gary Vaynerchuck, wine entrepreneur and an Internet icon, said a couple of years ago i one of his seminars: “Stop doing stuff you hate, there is no reason today to do things you hate just because you call it work. If you don’ t like your job – get the hell out of there.”

It is that simple – and that hard.

Can you complain about your job and still decide to stay on? Your credibility is at stake here and this is very important part of your reputation.

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