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Reputable is not Reliable -Learn why reputation is irrelevant when developing a reliable character

By Chardonnay Beaver

The influence attached to your name reveals the impact you’ve had on the lives of others. Having a ‘good’ name, at times, is more valuable than financial abundance. Thus, having a positive reputation is important in both personal and professional settings.

On the contrary, reputation is mere verbiage if individuals lack good character and morally just principles. Reputation can quickly become all talk, but reliability is measured by one’s actions. Reliability is examined by the quality of ‘how’, and the consistency of, we show-up.

In short, reliability is our trust in other’s ability to show-up for us on a consistent basis. Being reliable is a character trait that’s become invaluable; especially in a generation that craves stability and trust.

In the grand scheme of life, your actions are weighed greater than your words. Rather than being remembered by the superficial – how you looked, what you possess, your network– our minds are wired to remember how individuals showed up. One positive quality I strive to be remembered by is my integrity.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge.

Words of Wisdom by Char of the Week: Reliability is like a muscle we have to work at building. 2 Timothy 2:15

I’ve learned I am most reliable when I do the following:


  1. Set my priorities.

  2. Say “no” to the good things, to say “yes” to the right things.

  3. Construct a life of order and organization.

  4. Tell others what I need in order to meet their needs. Be transparent…

  5. Strive to be authentically myself in every room I ente

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