An Epistle for Troy Brown III (aka Trip) to Read at Age 21

All the world is a stage
And all men are merely players.
Each man has his entrance and his exit
And in that life time, one man plays many parts1:

At stage One, Trip, you have now begun as an infant
You will grow to be educated, then the to be a lover and warrior
Experiences of life will teach you how to judge good from error
And when all is said and done you will become a full Man of Quality
A man who is: Free, confident, respected, and informed
Unique, manifesting excellence, successful
Responsible, loyal, committed, uplifts humanity
One who perseveres, is hard/smart-working
Loves God, Continually Learns, and Maintain his integrity

You, as a future man of quality, are in your infancy (Stage One)
Your parents will continually love you throughout your life
But you do not belong to your parents
You will have your own thoughts.
Your soul has built on the past but now
Dwells in the house of tomorrow where only you can visit.
Your parents are the bow from which you as a living arrow are sent forward
The Archer, who is God, sees the house of tomorrow2,
This house is the mark upon the path of the infinite
And so, God bends the bow (your parents) with all of His might
So that you (as the arrow) may go swift and far

Your parents rejoice in the bending of the bow by the Archer
For even as God loves you (the arrow) so
He loves the bow a (your parents) that is stable

My Best Wishes to you as you start this wondrous
Journey into the cosmos

– Furman E. Glenn Sr, PhD (2016/07/17)
   1. As you Like IT, Shakespeare
   2. The Prophet

11 Expert Ways to Build an Impeccable Reputation

Warren Buffett famously advised that “it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

Warren Buffett famously advised that “it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

These 11 entrepreneurs have built impeccable reputations, and they’ve learned the secrets to reputation management the hard way. By following their advice, you can save a lot of time building and protecting your reputation in any market.

Turn negative attacks into opportunities.

When you start getting attention, it’s only a matter of time before somebody posts something bad about you online, resulting in lost opportunities

When you start getting attention, it’s only a matter of time before somebody posts something bad about you online, resulting in lost opportunities and damage to your reputation or brand. Handle all negative social posts as opportunities, not problems. A dissatisfied customer or post can be turned into a fan when handled correctly. Do not respond publicly online to something negative, as you only bring more attention to it. Communication is best handled directly either by phone or direct message.

—Grant Cardone, top sales expert who has built a $500 million real estate empire, New York Times best-selling author of Be Obsessed or Be Average, and founder of 10X Growth Con 2017

Always be fully transparent

Often, disputes arise from misunderstandings and/or lack of disclosure. Make it a point in everything you do to be completely transparent

Often, disputes arise from misunderstandings and/or lack of disclosure. Make it a point in everything you do to be completely transparent and provide full disclosure. If a business deal is ever anything less than crystal clear, refrain from getting involved. Usually it’s the deal which seems too good to be true that ends up being the worst—and everyone involved will remember you for it. I also stay away from doing business with friends or family because they’ll expect more from you in any deal and they’re more emotionally vested, which causes disputes or just generates headaches. And should the deal go sour, you will lose a good friend (or never hear the end of it) regardless of how many times you’d disclosed the risks.

—Manny Khoshbin, president of The Khoshbin Company and author of Contrarian PlayBook; arrived in America at 14 nearly homeless and now has a nine-figure net worth

Endure the haters

In the modern world, everybody has a voice through Twitter, YouTube comments, Snapchat, Reddit, etc. So you have zero odds of having a perfect reputation when doing anything big.

In the modern world, everybody has a voice through Twitter, YouTube comments, Snapchat, Reddit, etc. So you have zero odds of having a perfect reputation when doing anything big.

Nicholas Klein said a century ago, “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.” Take Justin Bieber: a few years ago, he had the most disliked YouTube video in history. People hated it; then it died down. The same with Kim Kardashian. It’s part of the natural progression as you rise from nobody to somebody. It will pass if you persist.

In the animal kingdom, a new challenger is first ignored, then laughed at and finally hated—they’re challenging people’s current status, so people are suspicious. In the human brain, that’s what’s called the negativity bias. Negativity is more viral than positivity. Eventually, you’ll be loved—once people realize they can’t beat you, they start to ally themselves with you.

—Tai Lopez, investor and advisor to many multimillion-dollar businesses who has built an eight-figure online empire.

Relentlessly focus on your tribe

I was once slandered by a guy who invented lies to ruin my reputation because I rejected his request. I chose success as my response.

I was once slandered by a guy who invented lies to ruin my reputation because I rejected his request. I chose success as my response. Anyone who doesn’t do business with you because of lies was never going to do business anyway. Serve those who love you with relentless love and service back. That’s how you build an incredible reputation.

— Com Mirza, CEO of Mirza Holdings and “The $500 Million Man”; failed in eight companies back-to-back and today runs a nine-figure empire with over 600 employees

Deposit reputation currency daily

Someone I trusted made incredibly damaging accusations about me in an attempt to hurt me within the core groups we share.

Someone I trusted made incredibly damaging accusations about me in an attempt to hurt me within the core groups we share. It could have been the end. Fortunately, some of my deepest friends came to my aid.

I learned that integrity is the currency of your reputation and someday you may need to make a large withdrawal. So make daily deposits. Surround yourself with a reputable tribe of equal integrity: When it comes down to your word versus another’s, the tribe’s objectivity will be key. When conflict arises, clearly identify and admit your part in it. At the same time, hold the other party up to the same standards, while acting decisively to share the objective truth and prevent gossip or assumptions.

—Chris Plough, entrepreneur advisor and serial entrepreneur

Always do what you say you’ll do

Always do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it. Screw up and your name is mud faster than you can imagine.

Always do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it. Screw up and your name is mud faster than you can imagine.

One time, we did a landscaping job and forgot to replace a dead plant that stuck out like a sore thumb. To rectify it, we returned, replaced the plant that day and planted several additional flowers. Take responsibility for screw-ups. Folks will appreciate it.

— Steve Griggs, founder and CEO of Steve Griggs Design; went from $200 and a lawnmower to seven figures annually

Cultivate your personal integrity before all

As long as your actions are aligned with your inner values, others’ perceptions of you won’t have a long-term effect on your personal and professional life.

As long as your actions are aligned with your inner values, others’ perceptions of you won’t have a long-term effect on your personal and professional life. If you focus on a high standard of inner integrity, everything in the outside world will eventually work itself out—even when you make mistakes.

—Nafisé Nina Hodjat, founder and managing attorney of The SLS Firm

Always own problems, then solve them

I’ve spent nearly 20 years building both my personal and company’s reputation to be impeccable. The key factor has been my willingness to take responsibility for my actions

I’ve spent nearly 20 years building both my personal and company’s reputation to be impeccable. The key factor has been my willingness to take responsibility for my actions, and for all of my employees and contractors. I work with multibillion-dollar public companies with stellar reputations. People make mistakes, but when you try to hide those mistakes, your reputation can be ruined. Don’t make your client find out from someone else you made a mistake. First, fix the error, train your people better, then provide your client with a solution, not a mess!

—Jim Mathers, CEO of North American Energy Advisory, Inc.