Whilst reputation can be a useful tool in the game of business, in the final analysis it simply doesn’t matter what people think about you.
It only matters what you think about you.
What you think about yourself is entirely dependent on what you do with your life.
If you do nothing, then you’re a nothing and the crowd won’t care anyway.
If you do something meaningful, then you’re meaningful and who cares what the crowd thinks?
Basing your actions upon reputation is dangerous and can lead you down a path which is not your path. Instead of doing the right thing for your life, you’ll end up doing the right thing for your reputation.
You’ll end up living according to what other people think.
Someone who will do anything to protect his reputation, will eventually ruin his reputation.
Forget your reputation. Do the right thing.