A reputation is a funny animal. It precedes you without your conscious awareness. It permeates the thoughts of the person speaking to you. It leaves a perfume or a funk behind you as you leave a place.
A good reputation is to be valued over many riches and treasured. A bad or poor reputation is a problem that needs to be fixed. As soon as possible.
It is a good thing to have friends and acquaintances who protect your reputation.
I have a friend like that. 🙂 I have more than one. I am rich.
I hope I can always be a friend like that to others.