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 reputation will 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 tough times, our word and 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, 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.



  1. What success and leadership principles can you identify in this newsletter?
  2. What will you do to implement one of these success and leadership principles over the next week?



*Dan’s newest book was just published, Owning the Mat. Take a free peek inside of it:

*Dan is presently speaking about teen leadership and his book, The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men.

*Dan is creating an online university class based on, The Storm, for a second university.

*Dan has been offered a speaking position by (GETI) Global Education and Training Insitute.



*Be sure to check out some of Dan’s book series pages!

Granddaddy’s Secrets Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Educators Book Series

Authors Should Speak Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Sports Lovers Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Parents Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Self-Starters Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Frustration Beaters Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Overachievers Book Series

Granddaddy’s Secrets for Authorpreneurs Book Series


Dan Blanchard, Teen Leadership, The Storm

*The difference between two people today and ten years from today will be the books they read and the people they talked to!