My favorite quote is “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.” This quote is by my all-time favorite person, coach, and inspiration, Coach John Wooden. I believe that society today has become more concerned with reputation than character. I think this is because people, myself included, are always striving to be accepted and admired by others, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can lead to representing yourself as something you are not. In today’s world of technology, with the overwhelming abundance of social media wherein our lives have become public, and we are all communicating so quickly, we need to take some time to slow down and reflect upon our inner spirit, in order to determine, and then remember WHO we really are. Sometimes it’s easy to get tangled up in the “popular,” “smart,” or “athletic” group, where we work to become the person that we believe others want us to be, and as we adopt the characteristics that are forced upon us, we may even become this other person, rather than staying true to ourselves and being the person we really aspire to be. I agree with Coach Wooden that your reputation, which is solely what others think of you, may not at all reflect who you really are, and that your character, who you truly are inside, is what is most important, and needs to be your focus in life. People will always have their opinions about other people, and those opinions may even form an inaccurate reputation, but we should all take the time to look beyond that reputation, in others, and more importantly, within ourselves, because true character is what really counts in life.