With a blurred personality, Dave puddled through the mud to make it right in his career. No amount of glitter would cover the smudges that covered all he ever stood for. And hard or brutal as it was, there was no hide-out for a man such as him. Most potential employers smelt the stench he was bound to carry into their companies, long before he reached the doorway.
Such is character; it proceeds you. Unfortunately, while you might take ages building your persona, it will take less than a second of mishap to blow up your well-constructed mansion.