January 3, 2010 Neil Kennedy

Belief  systems matter. What you believe will produce what you do. What you do reveals who you are.  Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works?”

Affirmation without discipline is a delusion.  -Neil Kennedy

What you do creates your reputation.
Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, a leading medical device maker, visited one of their plants in California to determine how they could speed up production.  After carefully examining the plant he felt that they should increase technicians for manufacturing.  When he inquired as to how long it takes to train a technician the answer surprised him.  The lead trainer said, “It takes eighteen months to train a technician to make these devices.”

“Why can’t we speed up the process?” he inquired. The technician explained, “This is not a game.  This is life and death.  What we do matters.  I am putting my name on each device.  And I make each one as if it is for my mother, my sister, my daughter.”

What you put your name on creates your reputation.

Others should promote you.
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.” When you do what you do well, others will promote you.  Billy Graham is considered America’s pastor.  Although he started his ministry in obscurity, a media mogul sent a memo to his newspapers that read, “Puff Graham.”  This one memo created a fire storm of press toward the evangelist.

Graham did not go the way of many who were “puffed” – he kept himself clean.

Your reputation will reward you.
“A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.The diligent do not serve in obscurity.  As you develop excellence in your life and work, you will reap the reward of it.  Influence is a currency.

Your reputation is a law of attraction.
“A good name is more attractive than cologne.” I recently recommended a young accountant to a wealthy businessman.  After several attempts to contact the accountant the businessman gave up.  He asked me about him saying, “You need to know that the accountant that you recommended does not return phone calls.”

I cannot recommend this bright likable young man until he learns how to respect people.  Not returning phone calls is an insult.


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