by Adam Zack — August 4, 2021
Character: The particular combination of qualities in a person or place that makes them different from others.
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” —Malcolm S. Forbes
Your character is something you have complete control over. It defines who you are and how you are looked upon by others. I think character is the key factor in success and happiness. It’s the combination of integrity, honesty and appreciation for what you have and the opportunities you have been given. High character doesn’t take things for granted and doesn’t pine for things it doesn’t need. Strong character seldom uses the phrases Should’ve, Could’ve and Would’ve. The next time you’re questioning someone’s character, observe how they treat the people they’re allowed to mistreat. You might be thinking “Wait, I’m allowed to mistreat someone? Mistreating anyone is just wrong!” But that’s not realism. Interactions with the busboy, the hotel maid, the barista at Starbucks or the courtesy clerk at your local market don’t automatically make you think of giving your 100% attention and respect. But when you treat them, speak to them, listen to them the same way you’d treat a CEO, a celebrity, your best friend or a revered colleague, you’ll have a measure of a person’s character.
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