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liveWhen my guy started working for a new company in a whole new industry, naturally there was a steep learning curve to get up to speed on how the business was run, how the parts were made and what the customers wanted. He expected this and planned for it; what he wasn’t prepared for was his new lack of reputation.

My guy had been in a specific industry for most of his career and had established himself as a reliable leader who wouldn’t ask anything of others that he wouldn’t do himself. Suddenly, he was just the new guy. Blank slate.

The great thing about moving to a new area of the country is that you get to start over, nobody knows about your weaknesses and quirks. The bad thing about moving to a new area of the country is that you have to start over, nobody knows about your accomplishments and reputation.

The work of re-establishing one’s self is a hard one. With this move, I went from being a leader within the church with opinions that were regarded to being another face in the crowd. I expected this, but it has been difficult to get used to. Perhaps it’s more of an art than work, maybe I turn it into work when I should just let it happen slowly over time.

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1

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  1. Thanks for this vulnerable post. Learning curves are always hard (but worth it) and reputations take time. Ahhhh…..good reminders. It always seems easier to “do” than to sit back and let things just unfold and be what they are. Pondering, “perhaps it’s more of an art than work…..” Good food for thought!

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