No matter what you do or where you go, your reputation or personal brand will always precede you. Like perfume by which others recognize you, your reputation will always announce you based on how others perceive you.
The vocalized perceptions of others about you like, ‘Oh, she is a brilliant person,’ or ‘he is a dumb narcissist’ typically attach themselves to your brand until they become your brand if you let them.
Your reputation is, therefore, an overreach, an invisible aspect of yourself, always needing protection. Manage it.