COMMENTARY 937.5: A Person of Character

by Michael Josephson on June 25, 2015

in Caring, Compassion, Choices, Commentaries, Leadership, Service, The Nature of Character

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Let’s face it, it’s not easy to become a person of character. It takes a good heart, but it also requires wisdom to know right from wrong and the discipline to do right even when it’s costly, inconvenient or difficult.

Becoming a person of character is a lifelong quest to be better.

A person of character values honesty and integrity and pays whatever price is needed to be worthy of trust, earning the pride of family and friends and self-respect.

A person of character plays fair even when others don’t and values no achievement unless it was attained with honor.

A person of character has strong convictions, yet avoids self-righteousness.

A person of character believes in the inherent dignity of all people and treats everyone with respect, even those whose ideas and ideologies evoke strong disagreement.

A person of character deals with criticism constructively and is self-confident enough to take good advice, admit and learn from mistakes, feel and express genuine remorse and apologize graciously.

A person of character knows what’s important, sacrifices the now for later, is in control of attitudes and actions, overcomes negative impulses and makes the best of every situation.

A person of character willingly faces fears and tackles unpleasant tasks.

A person of character is consistently and self-consciously kind and empathetic, giving generously without concern for reward.

A person of character feels and expresses gratitude freely and frequently.

A person of character is not defeated by failure or dissuaded by disappointment.

A person of character seeks true happiness in living a life of purpose and meaning, placing a higher value on significance than success.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ezekiel June 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm

What is the source of good ethics?


Marilyn Lyle June 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

Thanks Michael for publishing this. I think it should be posted to all who are running for elected office! We need people who who believe in the value of staying true to Good Character with integrity and behaving so we can trust them.


Donna Burn June 25, 2015 at 10:10 am

I would like to submit this in our employee newsletter, giving you credit of course, we really need for our managers and employees to realize that character counts! May I reprint this if I make sure you are listed as the author?


Michael Josephson July 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Sure – sorry it took me so long to respond.


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