Though Power Players don’t dwell on how they look (and are perceived) by the outside world, they do guard their reputations with their life.
What takes a lifetime to create takes a day to destroy. The thing is, though, that they focus on doing good work and they let the reputation take care of itself.
See your reputation the way a Power Player does. It will be built if you do the right thing, work hard, be faithful and fair: and do your best never to cut the wrong corners.
Reputation is a strange concept. It’s a bit like pornography: you can’t define it but you know it when you see it. And all of the very best reputations are built one small accomplishment at a time.
But remember this most of all: good work is only a small part of the equation. Good character and kindness makes up the better part of reputation. Remember that always.