Originally published April 14, 2019.
The theory of the Bucket of Renown posits that everyone has a bucket that holds your reputation. But there’s also a hole in the bucket, and if you don’t perform ongoing acts, the bucket empties, and all you’re left with is your titles.
As you gain recognition, the bucket gets bigger. But so does the hole. The corollary of “those who do more are more worthy” is “those who are more worthy must do more.”
Peers are human, and we all know that people have bad days. But peers are called to a higher standard of behavior. That’s why it’s called peer-like.