Reputation is what you are supposed to be. Character is what you are. (William Hershey Davis, Professor)
What do people think of me? Many people are rightfully concerned about their reputation. But it’s your conduct in public that creates your reputation. We ought to be concerned about what people think only because it reflects on our name, our family, and our community. And the determining factor is our character, who we really are, not just what we do.
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1)