Reputation is an interesting concept and something I feel I have little control over in some ways.
Today’s post is part of the the zero to hero 30 day blog challenge – read more here. We have to write a post from the prompt of what is our reputation, how we got it and do we agree with it.
I must admit to checking the meaning of ‘reputation’ just be sure I had it right. According to the Oxford Dictionary it’s ‘the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something’.
I’m not entirely sure of what my reputation is to many of my friends but in my workplace it’s a different matter. You see, I work in a correctional centre as an education manager. It’s an interesting environment to say the least! I can’t talk specifics (obviously) but in general I am seen as a very different person to who I really am. I have to be in many ways. I am quite small, a woman of a certain age, softly spoken and I manage people. And apparently I am intimidating!!
This makes my daughters laugh so much – I am obviously not thought of as intimidating by them!! If you ask them what my reputation is they say things like ditzy, neurotic, random….but definitely not intimidating.
This makes for an interesting point – can you have different reputations for different parts of your life? Or do all the various terms people might have to describe your reputation eventually lead into one common theme in the end?
I think I put on a good ‘act’ at work and have managed to fool a few people along the way. I call it being professional. In my personal life I let the real me show through. To my Rotary colleagues I probably have a very different reputation again. If I had a choice I’d like the reputation of being considered to be honest, reliable, friendly, of good character and a caring person.
Unfortunately we can’t pick our own reputations!