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Character
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do. But it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.” ~ Dale Carnegie
As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” Through experience we know how mistakes happen, indeed how they are actually necessary, so we can be more tolerant when others lose their way and help them through the learning process.
“The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.” ~ Margaret Chase Smith
Doing the right thing even when no one will know what you have done is equally a true test. And equally, you can judge the character of people by how they treat those who can do nothing for them.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” ~ Lao Tzu
Character is simply habit long continued, it’s the way you are in practice. A person with a strong character accepts responsibility for their life and therefore has self respect. The forming of our character lies in our own hands.
“Deal honestly and objectively with yourself; intellectual honesty and personal courage are the hallmarks of great character.” ~ Brian Tracey
Character is simply habit long continued, it’s the way you are in practice. A person with a strong character accepts responsibility for their life and therefore has self respect. The forming of our character lies in our own hands.

Here’s some further reading on this theme...

How to Develop Your Character ~ by Dr. Alan Zimmerman

In the final analysis, when everything is said and done, your character will prove to be more important than your career. Put another way, your character is more important than your talent. You see it all the time. People with talent often make it into the limelight, but without a strong character, they rarely stay there very long. Their absence of a strong character eventually topples them. Continues...
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