Opinion: Character is everything – By Shakka Nensok Peter

It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved , but by reflection , force of CHARACTER , and judgment. Marcus Tulius Cicero.

Why is character everything? Because it stands in the way between our success and failure. Let me explain. We deal with everyday situations that require us to make hundreds of decisions or choices. Our character will act as a moral and ethical compass that will guide us in our decision making process. Depending on your character traits (honesty, kindness, compassion, authenticity, loyalty, fairness, respectfulness, arrogance, cruelty, bossiness, bad tempered, cynicism, conceitedness, etc) will affect if you are successful or unsuccessful, not only in your decisions/choices, but possibly in the way you live your life.
Your character is the real you! Character is much more than reputation. Reputation is only what others see and think about us. Our character is who we really are, even when no one is watching!
Character is made up of specific Traits, or Qualities, that Determine How We Will Respond to the Events, Situations and Circumstances of Our Life. There are, however, some character traits that tend to lead to “success” and others that tend to produce “failure.” Don’t be a person of questionable character, cause it’s a sure way to doom.
No wonder before any institution of learning will award you a certificate, it always come along with these words; for he/she has been found worthy in learning and CHARACTER.
I know of a lot of people that had missed out on so many great opportunities simply because they lack character. Your character can cause you that dream job, school, relationship and bigger fortune in your entire lifetime.

Our character begins to be shaped when we are born and is influenced by location of birth, how we are raised, examples are; parental upbringing, religious and academic performances, traumas, friends, family and every day life experiences. Now, that might scare you depending on how your life has gone; but fear not, because you can cultivate and build your character. How? By following these simple steps:

  1. Decide to be self supporting, take charge of your life and be responsible for your actions and inactions.
  2. Continuously learn , No one is perfect, everyone has room to grow and learn.
  3. Spread the kindness , this may be one of the best ways to build your character.
  4. Work on yourself – I always tell my friends that we are on a journey and part of that journey is to make the best version of yourself.
  5. Pursue excellence (this is not the same as perfectionism) – when you do something, give it your all and do the best you can.
  6. Add value – Whoever you meet or whatever you do, leave it better then you found it.
  7. Practice persistence – Don’t give up when the times get tough, keep on going.
  8. Determine to be determined – Life will throw you curve balls, adjust the way you bat every time you get up to the plate. Be determined to make your life the best it can be.

It doesn’t cost anyone a fortune to determine to be a person of character, despite the threats and distractions. As a matter of fact, good character can be made the cornerstone of one’s life ambition. It is really worth it because when everything vanishes, it is character that remains.

It is Truly Said ” When Wealth is Lost, nothing is Lost”
When Health is Lost, “Something is Lost”
But When Character is Lost,”Everything is Lost”
Character’s is everything in a man’s life, It is a Total personality of man .
A Man without character is just a dead body hated by everyone .
I decided that it was important for me to take responsibility for what I could, express my emotions in a respectful manner, accept defeat and not give up. I realized that my character was being called into play and I had two choices; rise up to the challenge or fold my arms and watch. I am standing strong!

To live in harmony with the people of all religions, races and nations may be added to the characteristics of good character.
I look to a day when peoplewill not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. Martin Luther king jr.

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