The Meaning of 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 truthfulness is 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 alertness will 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 tolerance will 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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101 Responses

  1. mariya alam says:

    i like everyone’s opinion…..it’s good

  2. Anonymous says:

    ok

  3. JacobZebedeeloh says:

    Character is the best defination of a man ,GODLY character is the identity of GOD’S children.

    Humble Greetings all.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why bring god into it? Everyone has character, regardless of faith and background. Even animals have character!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nature and nurture. Mostly nurture.

  6. Roshni says:

    Our character is our positive attitude. Our thinking our behaving and our act

  7. neet riar says:

    Chharacter is a,good thing

  8. SAMRIDDHI says:

    GOOD CHARACTAR MEANS BEING GOOD WITH WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING AND BE MEAN.
    HAVING ALOT OF FUN WHILE DOING ANYTHING AT ANYTIME.ENJOY!

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  12. Nbwi says:

    HI,
    I believe that charater of eduction which very important for our generation or future.

  13. SPY9191 says:

    character is all about Attitude

  14. sai lakshmi says:

    character is all about addition,not subtraction

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  16. shah karam says:

    Character means voluntary actions that somebody performs without restrictions.

  17. jim says:

    I’ve never had a good reputatuon growing uo and find it very, very difficult in my mid forties. My reactions to failures is much more severe and I mentaly attack myself when I fail, which is happening more frequently. I overreact I think, in part from PTSD from my military service. Any advice to helping this?

    • Laury says:

      Look for Jesus! He will overwhelm you with love and the peace you need. He will teach you that the labels the world has put on you don’t define you AT ALL!

    • Bill says:

      Jim, first, I would like to thank you for your service. I went through something similar and had to learn how to rethink things. They are called “stuck points.” Our time in the service, we are trained that if we make mistakes, someone may be injured or worse. With that thought process ingrained into us, we come to think of any mistake as the end all to end all. I suggest you seek professional assistance. I went through a 12 week cognitive behavioral therapy session and although weeks 3 and 4 felt like I was going through all the bad times again, I stuck with it and was able to “rewire” my thought process. It has truly helped me in my family life and professional life. I pray that it helps you too.

  18. kimberly Allentown says:

    Your cHaracter is the word that you live by .

  19. appiah thomas says:

    character is beautiful and real

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