Reputation derives its principal support from success. (George Washington, American Revolutionary War general and 1st president of the United States)
Washington’s quote must be taken in context, of course. He was likely thinking of the tremendous responsibility he carried, and if he were to lose the war, he’d lose his reputation, too. One’s failures may very well earn an undesirable reputation. So, it’s important that we pursue noble goals with consistency and integrity, thus earning an honorable name.
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold (Proverbs 22:1).