The hallmark of a highly successful person is his character. He is fiercely responsible, owning his choices and accepting consequences of his actions no matter the personal cost. He is completely honest with himself and others in all situations. He has high standards and expects the best from himself and everyone around him. He faces his fears, thinks independently, and lives outside his comfort zone.
He is clear about what’s important and what is not. He knows what He wants, why he wants it, and the road that will take him there. He demonstrates self-mastery by thinking long term, delaying gratification, and doing what must be done when it needs to be done. He outworks his competition and makes a habit of putting into something far more than he expects to take out. He insists on earning his rewards in life and refuses to seek or accept something for nothing.
Our character is the essence of who we are. It is the sum total of our thoughts and habits, our vices and virtues. Character isn’t part of our DNA. Rather, it is something that develops throughout our life with each and every choice we make.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
“Character is higher than intellect.”
Helen Keller, who knew something about character, said:
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambitions inspired and success achieved.”