Ignore the folks that say “reputation is everything”.
It’s not that they’re wrong. It’s that it’s a distraction.
Living your life with “reputation” in the forefront will take you in a circle.
You’ll go nowhere.
The only thing that matters is what you achieve in life, and how you achieved it.
What is your goal? What are your values?
Keep these at the forefront. Your reputation will take care of itself.