Is dating a bad boy worth ruining your good rep?
I really like this guy at my school, but he gets into trouble all the time. He has some nice qualities, but I’m afraid hanging out with him could ruin my good rep. What should I do?
Bill: There’s trouble, and then there’s TROUBLE. Telling jokes in class is trouble. Stealing the principal’s car and driving to Vegas is TROUBLE. Figure out what sort of trouble he really is before you get too involved. A good rep is pretty priceless.
Dave: Don’t second-guess your doubts. You probably have ’em for good reason. If you’re worried about your rep, keep your distance until he cleans up his act. For better or worse, we are judged by the company we keep. More importantly, if he’s always into trouble, there’s a chance he could drag you down, too. Then you’ll have even more than just your rep to worry about.