Character is what you really are. You are in control of the level of character that you have formed and regularly display. Your character is expressed amongst others in the choices of actions that you take, not in what you say.
For others to believe you are of high character, know that this is attained only through your actions. Your words may build an image or reputation, but only your actions demonstrate a persons true character.
Life’s challenges that are presented to you will not inherently build your character, but they will reveal it. What you may have said or others have said about you over time to build your reputation will quickly be lost when you act just once in poor character.
Your formed character can be an invaluable asset as you strive to make a greater difference and impact with others in your lifetime. A lack of formed character will remain a tremendous liability.
We are what we do, not what we say we will do.
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are and your reputation is merely what other people think you are.” — John Wooden —