The most precious thing that you own is your reputation. So always ‘do the right thing’.
If you hear nine bad things about a person and one good thing, they are probably a bad person. If you hear nine good things about a person and one bad thing, they are probably a ‘good’ person. But, if you hear five good things about a person and five bad things, you are in a quandary as to whether you should trust the person. You will always get someone shucking a bit of mud at you, but you don’t need to magify the amount of mud. So, always do the ‘right thing’ to maintain your reputation. In fact, do more than the right thing. go the extra mike to help people. You will enjoy the exercise and you will enhance your reputation.