If your character is a tree and your reputation it's shadow, what's real?  Is it the tree or the shadow that other people see?  We get the answer from a former President.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United Stated, used a tree and it's shadow to describe how people see you.  "The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.

Your tree and it's shadow should mimic each other.  If yours do not, you might want to take a look at why.