Reputation makes you a slave. Because then you have to protect it. You are stressed when it is affected. You do anything to keep it. You desire for more. And all these trap us.
As humans, we long for social approval, validation of inner circles and sometimes even outer circles. The bonds we keep for life gives us courage and at the same time bondage because of their set expectations about us. What you create to build a business or to do something which you really are not can create stress. If you are a CEO, you can’t be a DJ, even though you are good at it. We compartmentalise people – like we add a tail in their names when we save their numbers in our phone. We categorise others quite superficially. Just like a Twitter bio or a Linkedin headline.
If you are too worried about your reputation it is time to pause and reflect. Once in a while, destroy it – to feel good and liberated. That can break the boring pattern and can bring freshness to your theme. Non-conformists are the people who do real things in this world.
Tailspin: When I told this idea to my sister, on my way home from the office – she asked me – isn’t it what Rumi (The ancient Persian poet and Sufi mystic who lived in the 12th century) said? My answer. “there is nothing unsaid in this world, we are only discovering new ways of saying.”
After all, sisters are difficult people to crack! 🙂