Essays About Good Character
Character Determines Success!
What Is Character?
What did Abraham Lincoln Have to Say About Character?
Abraham Lincoln said, “Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree.“
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What did Winston Churchill Say About Character?
Winston Churchill said, “The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities.”
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What is “Character”? Why is it so important?
Our character is much more than just our reputation. Our reputation is what others to see about us. Our character is who we really are, even when no one is watching. Having “Good Character” means doing the right thing just because it is right to do what is right.
Dictionary Definitions of “Character”
One dictionary defines character as “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” Another says it is “the complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person.” In still another dictionary, character is said to be “the stable and distinctive qualities built into an individual’s life which determine his or her response regardless of circumstances.”
How Does Character Determine Success?
Our Character Is What Determines How We Respond to the Situations and Circumstances of Life
The dictionary definitions said character is a “complex of mental and ethical traits“, that those traits, or qualities, are “distinctive to an individual” and that they are “built into an individual’s life.” It is those character qualities, those character traits, that determine a person’s response in any given situation. For example, a person in with a strong character quality of truthfulnessis much more likely to accurately report the facts in a given situation than a person who tends to be characterized by deceptiveness. Someone who has the character trait of alertnesswill be more likely to be a better, safer, driver than a person who does not see or recognize the potential dangers around him (carelessness). A person with the character quality of tolerancewill be more accepting of others – less prejudiced.
Success or failure in any situation or endeavor depends, more than anything else, on how we respond to events and circumstances. It follows that it is our character that determines our success. Of course, that doesn’t mean that “good” people will always experience more “success” than “bad” people. There are, however, some character traits that tend to lead to “success” and others that tend to produce “failure.” The question is, “What are the “good” character qualities, and what are “bad” qualities?
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What Do You Think?
What is your opinion about the importance of character in life?
– “Can you really train for character? or is it set during childhood?”
– “Is character training important?”
– “Should character education be done in schools or at home?”
– “Is Character Training ‘Unbiblical’ as some claim?”
– “Is Character Training A Cult?”
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Traits of Good Character
Have you ever felt good when your teacher or friend said, “Thank you” or “You’re such a kind person?” How about knowing you did a good deed for someone? Respectable and moral traits demonstrate your behavior towards others and even yourself. Good characteristics can come from portraying trustworthy actions, respectful manners, responsible decisions, fair performances, caring deeds, and good citizenship. Not everyone can demonstrate all these traits, but everyone can at least show a few. Developing good behavior enhances your ability to communicate with others and can impact many peoples’ lives. Looking back, I can definitely spot different occasions where I illustrated positive and negative characteristics in these six traits. Not only do I realize the negative points, but it’s helpful to learn from my mistakes to ensure I wouldn’t make a similar mistake again. From these six types of traits, I can admit these positive and negative actions I once made throughout my life have its own significant meaning and consequences.
Being loyal and honest show trustworthiness a person can demonstrate. Trustworthy people are reliable individuals who will do what they say and never cheat, deceive, or steal. One time I demonstrated trustworthiness was in fifth grade when I was 9. We were having a state capital test and someone pointed out that the answers were on the wall to another student. Soon, almost everyone knew except the teacher. Even though many people looked, I held my values and didn’t look even though I knew it was there. I ended up getting full score without cheating. But, one time I poorly demonstrated the positive side of the trait was when I was 12. I told my mom that I would go to sleep at ten o’clock, but I took my iPod to bed and stayed up until one in the morning. Instead of being reliable and doing what I say I will I deceived my mom into thinking I was going to bed three hours earlier.