Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.
As one City Year community, serving on three continents, I encourage us all to put love, justice, and service into the world every day, in every way, here in Boston, throughout our nation, and across the world.
City Year CEO and Co-Founder Michael Brown, via cityyear.tumblr.com