Week 11 – I Don’t Give a Damn About My Reputation

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You may be wondering about the title of this post…

Or you may be wondering about ME for making a post with this title…

That’s OK…


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.    ~ John Wooden

Since the last few years have been “character-building years” for me, this quote really struck a chord.  Now, combine that with my being a child of the 80s, and what do you get?

I’ve liked Joan Jett’s music since the “I Love Rock n Roll” album debuted in 1981.  I didn’t realize until this week that the band was rejected by 23 record labels.

Does the phrase “I will persist until I succeed” mean anything to you?  Oh, hell to the yeah!

But I digress…


What truly impacted me this week was the importance of character.  I’ve always valued character, along with it’s twin sister integrity, and it’s a line I just don’t cross.  Furthermore, I don’t associate with those that cross the line.

Yet over the past few years I’ve struggled with maintaining my character and integrity and doing what is right…not because I didn’t want to…but because I did.

I was tempted (oh-so-many times) to loosen the reigns on my character after watching the “success” of another individual who believed in “winning at all costs,” regardless of the casualties left in their wake.

As a result,

My reputation suffered.  My confidence suffered.  My business suffered.

But my CHARACTER remained intact.  Neither my body nor my mind could take actions that went against my character, because that’s who I REALLY AM.  And I’m a better person for it.  I can look myself in the eye every evening and say – with confidence – I LOVE YOU, STACY RYAN!  (And mean it.)

I can rebuild a reputation.  I have the knowledge, the tools, and, thankfully, my confidence has returned from it’s sabbatical.

Character is everything.

So yeah,


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7 thoughts on “Week 11 – I Don’t Give a Damn About My Reputation

  1. Stacy.. Great post. character & integrity are so important. You are so right when you say it is about character and reputation.

    Be blessed in your journey.

  2. Very true and powerful. I always phrased that sentiment as you want to do the right things but also for the right reasons. If you think about it if you allow bad character to seep in to allow short term. Success. As the blueprint builder says I cannot create long term success without character. And honestly what good is short term success?

    1. Robert, I like your perspective on not just doing the right THINGS, but also doing them for the right REASONS. I KNEW what was right, and what my true character was, there’s just something about watching someone doing the WRONG things — and being praised by others for their success — that made me question myself, my company, and my profession. You’re right…it’s not about SHORT TERM success. It’s all about the LONG TERM…and I’m in it for the long haul. 😀

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