The Disproportionality Principle
post # 88 — May 25, 2006 — a Careers, Client Relations post
You are never known by your best, but you are always tarnished by your worst.
Your triumphs are often forgotten by the marketplace – your disasters rarely are.
You’ll spend a long time recovering from one job done badly, or one client (or boss) disappointed in you.
People talk, and they criticize and gossip more than they praise.
It can take years to build trust, moments to lose it.
I’m not sure what you can do about this, except try, desperately try, not to mess anything up, and if you still do, try to mend fences (and your reputation) before you move on.