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Nov 2, 2018

How do you build a good, solid reputation? Unfortunately, in our instant gratification world, it does not seem that young people are being taught how to build a reputation. Paul takes a look back at his career and relates some personal stories.

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Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television, and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Alright, let's go ahead and begin this Morning Mindset episode. I'm your host Paul Markel as the lovely Miss Alex reminded you of at the very beginning that really cool motivating music that we started with. Yes. I'm looking at my coffee cup because and I'm thinking about how excited I am. My favorite local coffee shop Sweet Marie's Bakeshop, they moved into a brand new facility and they expanded.

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So a larger building, so larger facility, more dining area, more choices and it's a good thing for them. But the bad thing for me was is in order for them to move into their new facility, they had to close down their old facility and they're closed for almost a month. I know, I was dying for Sweet Marie's hot coffee.

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I had to make my own coffee, but I survived. I survived and what are we saying? Life is too short to be drinking bad coffee. But that's not what we're going to talk about today. We're actually going to talk about reputations. Yes indeed reputations and a lot the reason I felt the need to focus on this as you know, many of you might be thinking.

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Well, I'm an adult and you know, I'm older and my reputation is already built or it's not built or what have you. But I know a lot of people in my audience are younger, and they may just be starting out in their careers. Maybe you recently got out of high school or you recently got out of college or you recently started a new job, and unfortunately, a reality of our current world is that everything is based upon instant gratification instant Fame instant everything. We have been taught by well, you name it whether its food fast food right grocery stores now Walmart grocery stores and so forth. You don't even have to shop for yourselves.

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You can go online, tell them what you want to order it. They'll find it baguette put it in boxes or whatever you pull up out front. They load it into your car. You've already paid for it and it's ready to go. YouTube Facebook now whatever else Twitter Instagram, you know, but mostly YouTube and so forth is responsible for young people believing that Fame can be instantaneous and it should be instantaneous.

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The Dancing with the Stars or you name it whatever reality TV show or Talent based TV show where you bring a bunch of people on and one of them is crowned the winner and their given instant Fame and notoriety. That's not really how the world works. I know you're like no, but it does Paul and I've got Amazon Prime shipping.

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I order something in and if I'm within 200 miles of, you know, delivery center, I get it the next day instant instant instant. Everything is instant gratification. You cannot build a valuable reputation, A+ a good reputation. You cannot build a good reputation overnight, you cannot build it instantly because no reputation that is built instantly is going to last.

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You have to build your relationships or your reputation one relationship at a time. Now I started doing that 25-plus years ago when I got into the writing world. I got into the outdoor shooting sports writing world, and I was actually writing for, paper magazines. Yeah, I know you're like "Magazines made out of paper and you know, like dead trees with ink and stuff, and you have to-" yeah those things those things.

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No internet, yeah. I was, I started writing before there was an internet, and I had to build my reputation with several different. Groups or areas or of people I had to build my reputation with my editors. Because my editors needed to know that if I accepted an assignment that I was going to complete it.

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As well as I could as close to their expectations as I could and then I was going to do it on time, and then I was going to give them everything they needed if they needed photos, you know, if they needed extra verbiage, you know, whatever it was that they needed. I was building my reputation one article at a time.

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That was what the editors. How're the people that paid me those are the people decided whether or not my work went into print or whether it went into a file drawer and just sat there? But then I also had industry or commercial Connections in order to do my job as in an outdoor shooting sports law enforcement hunting shooting kind of a guy I frequently needed stuff right?

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I needed things. I needed objects and you don't make any money as a writer. If you have to review gear you don't make any money if you go out and buy the gear and review it because the amount of money that you're going to get paid by the editor for writing that article and shooting those photos probably won't even cover the amount of money that you would have spent to buy the gear, and since I was not in the in the business of giving away my time or trying to lose money most of the time after I almost all of the time I would have to contact representatives from different manufacturers and say "Hey, can I have or borrow blank?" Can I borrow one of these going to borrow one of those, what have you.

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Now, most of the time if it was a low dollar item like ammunition or holsters or you know product or parts or pieces or whatever. They just send it to me and they're like don't worry about it. But if it was an expensive piece, they would loan it to me and I would have to send it back, and every time I ask for something I was basically writing an IOU.

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I was basing that individual article or review. I was basing my reputation on that, and people they needed to know okay if we send Paul this two thousand dollar item and tell him he can have it for 30 days. Is he going to get it back to us in 30 days? Is he going to be reliable, and I did and I knew what I was doing and I knew I was I was you know building my reputation one relationship at a time, and then the third group of people that I was building a reputation with was actually the audience the readership every time I sat down to write an article I had to think "Alright, I need to make sure that I am honest and reliable and trustworthy and that I don't reverse myself and if I ever have to reverse myself if I ever have to change my mind."

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I need to explain why that is. Now, do I do things the same today, as I did 25 years ago? Some things I do, sometimes I don't. Do I use the same gear or objects today? As I did 25 years ago some yes, and some no and those that I've changed or things that I've left behind or disregarded or altered or whatever.

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I have to understand that people are watching and they're paying attention and I should. As a service to them explain, why did that and what I've found over the period of last 25 years or so is that I was able to build a reputation to the point where people know, that based upon just my word alone not holding it with a credit card or mortgages or loans or whatever.

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Just I, you know send an email or a call on the phone that I can be trusted to deliver and do what I said. I was going to do and ladies and gentlemen that takes time. Takes a long time. But it's worth it. Nothing good no reputation. That is worthwhile is ever gained overnight, and unfortunately, I think a lot of young people don't quite have that concept because everything they see, everything they touch, everything they are involved in today seems to be all about immediate or instant gratification.

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They're frustrated because they're not a rock-star the first day they pick up a guitar, or they're not famous the first time they put out a YouTube video or their thought is if I can just get that one YouTube video. I'll be famous all the people that are famous today for YouTube video two years from now, you won't even know who they are.

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Build your reputation one single relationship at a time and remember that as you're building relationships, it might you might think ah, this one guy or this one company. They don't matter then, I don't care. No, they all do build your reputation one single relationship at a time. It's like you've built the house. Alright, ladies and gentlemen that is it for today. Thank you very much for joining me. I'm your host Paul Markel. I will talk to you again real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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