The Most Important Thing in Life: Character

What is Character?

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“There are really only three kinds of people: Those who don’t succeed, those who succeed temporarily, and those who remain successful. Character is the only way to sustain success.” — John Maxwell

“How do they treat somebody who’s serving them? How do they treat a waiter, or a server, or a waitress? How do they treat a clerk? If the helper is delayed for some reason or can’t immediately give them what they want, how do they respond to that? Are they understanding? Are they patient? Are they courteous? Are they kind? Or are they pulling a superior punch basically and cutting them down? That is a great way to know the nature of somebody’s inner being.” — Julie Gottman

“There’s just those moments where you can tell when your partner is a person of substance and character.” — John Gottman

Five Virtues for Good Character

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Virtue 1: Filial Piety

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“Among a hundred virtues, filial piety is the first.” — Chinese proverb

Virtue 2: Carefulness

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How you do anything is how you do everything.

Virtue 3: Trustworthiness

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“The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say ‘I love you.’” — Julian Treasure

Virtue 4: Loving-Kindness

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Virtue 5: Humility

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Conclusion

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