Why Reputation is So Important!

Over the past week, unless you have been in a hole or under a rock, you have heard of the sexual abuse cases of young boys that have occurred over the past 15 years at Penn State. This is really disturbing to say the least. This blog is not to address that part of this sick case, but to talk about JoePa aka Joe Paterno. Before I go on please pray for those boys that were abused. I can’t even imagine the hurts and pain they have gone through so please take a moment and pray for those boys.

Ok. A little bit about Joe Paterno. Joe Paterno holds the record for the most victories by an FBS football coach with 409 and is the only FBS coach to reach 400 victories. He coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games and, in 2007, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. In 2005, he lead the Nittany Lions to a 11-1 season and shared the title of the Big Ten and won a BCS berth. Paterno was named 2005 AP Coach of the Year was coached at Penn State for 46 years. But now that has all come to an end. Since Paternos coaching career has come to end how will you remember Coach Paterno. As a probably the most influential coach of the last century or a person that let a sexual predator get away with abusing young boys for 15 years and not having the balls to report this abuse to the cops. Legally Paterno probably did the right thing and reported it to the AD and president but morally this is inexcusable.

This leads me to my message for everyone. “It takes many good deeds to build a reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” -Benjamin Franklin Nowadays it is incredibly important to maintain your reputation!! Your reputation on this Earth is one of the most valuable things you have and you can not waste it. You must protect it because when the day comes that you can not be trusted or relied on you will die!! Paterno has 46 years of a great tradition at Penn State. Paterno put that University on the map for college football and academics because of what he contributed to the school. Now it is almost worthless due to the lack of following up. I am not saying that Paterno is bad man. I think he is a great man. Actually when I played football I wanted to go to Penn State and play for him. What I am saying is this failure to report a sexual abuse has cost his career.

Yes a sexual abuse of little boys is extreme. I do know this. But what about Cain and these ladies coming out against him for verbal sexual abuse? We all have done things which we regret and it has tarnished our reputation. If the people that worked in our offices, in our classroom, etc. knew this they would think lessor of us. We can’t do anything about that now. But what we can do is learn from it. Learn that our reputation is important and do not take it lightly. Self-discipline and reputation go hand in hand. Self-discipline weighs ounces, but regret weighs tons. Don’t you think that Paterno is regretting  his actions now!! Be discipline in everything you do ladies and gentlemen. Don’t sway off your divine destiny! Don’t have one small mistake take away your great career you will have in the future. Remember your reputation is too valuable to have it taken away by something stupid. Be aware of this and act everyday as if your reputation depends on it. Because… it does.


About William
I am William Bryan IV and I am currently a senior at Truman State University. I am majoring in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics. I spent two years at Iowa Western Community College and was a Resident Assistant my freshman year and a Senior Resident Assistant my sophomore. I graduated from Iowa Western with an associate’s degree in May 2008. At Truman, I am involved in Delta Sigma Pi. My strengths are that I am eager to learn, drive to succeed, willingness to help others, and dedication to my education. I would love the opportunity to be able to grow myself professionally and academically.

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