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Your Word and Your Reputation!

Please don’t ever forget that a person is only as good as their word and reputation. So always protect both! Think about making a good first impression… We only get one chance to make a really good first impression. Our word and our reputation are going to be a big part of that first impression, right?

So let’s fight with all that we have to keep our word and our good reputation. Someday we’re going to need both. Hopefully when that day comes both our word and reputation will still be fully functioning and not damaged beyond repair.

Things happen. We all know things happen; that’s just the way the world is. Unfortunately, when things do happen many times it becomes very painful to keep our word because the circumstances have changed since we promised whatever it was that we promised. Remember, nothing ever stays the same, and that’s exactly why we should never over-promise. Over-promising usually forces us to under-deliver when things change. Instead of over-promising, let’s always under-promise so we can, more often than not, get lucky by over-delivering in good times and not getting so messed up in bad times.

If we’ve done the right things, even during the tough times, then our word and our reputation will still be intact. With an undamaged word and reputation we can start over and rebuild our life even better than we did the last time. In short, we can lose everything, but yet still not lose everything because we still have our dependable word and reputation working for us. In contrast, though, with a beat up word and reputation we will still have an awful lot to overcome, even when it seems like the worst should be behind us.

Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember, a person is only as good as their word and reputation, so vigilantly guard both regardless of any rough times that you may be facing. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…

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