Examples of How Character Qualities Affect Our Lives

On an immediate and very practical level, our character is what really determines our success in any area of life. Our character guides our responses to any situation or circumstance in our life. How we respond to the various things that come up in life is what determines the results we get.

A Simple Example: How the Lack of A Single Character Quality Damaged My Relationship With My Daughter

Consider this incident…

I was talking on the phone with my daughter, Heather, who was away at college. She had been telling me about some of the things that were going on in her life, and I had been half-way listening, but I really had my mind on something else. (Notice my lack of Attentiveness, which is “showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.”)

When Heather asked me a question, my answer made it obvious that I had not been paying attention to what she had been saying. I could tell by the tone of her voice that she was hurt by my lack of attentiveness. I mentally kicked myself, and apologized to Heather. She forgave me, but it was too late to avoid the hurt. The damage had been done.

Heather was gracious, but I knew she felt that I just didn’t care enough to really listen to her. My lack of attentiveness had damaged our relationship – maybe not a lot, this time, but if repeated over and over the cumulative effect could be devastating.

Here are two more examples of the effect of character qualities on our lives…

How I Got A Speeding Ticket Because Neither I Nor The Deputy Were Alert

How A Restaurant’s Employees Drove Future Business Away

Continue reading for more thoughts on how your character determines your success, in every area of life!

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7 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Awesome article… Really helpful!!!

  2. Kenzie says:

    Sometimes I feel this is how my mom treats me. She is on her phone a lot for whatever reason weather it be important or not but I still feel like heather and how she felt like she was getting attention or whatever other emotions come with this. It has made me realize that I am not the only one and she doesn’t do it on purpose to make me mad. Thank you for this article.

    • Larry says:

      Thanks, Kenzie. Heather and I have a good relationship, but I still struggle to give my undivided attention to her… and to others, too. I have to try to remember that by really listening to the other person I will be showing that I value them. If I don’t really listen it is like saying, “I don’t think you are important enough to listen to.”

  3. Awesome article. Thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well.

  4. viking says:

    Thanks it was really helpful.

  5. Wamala Joseph says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful mesage.

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