Why CHARACTER IS MORE IMPORTANT than SUCCESS or ACHIEVEMENTS

In this crazy world we live in, it’s often hard to know where you stand. The road of life is never steady, and we can rarely see very far down it. This has never been more true than today. With the job market uncertain and cultures rapidly shifting there is very little that anyone can hope to rely on. I mean, college degrees no longer offer any guarantee of a job! And, while people don’t blame themselves, seeing as how everyone is having these difficulties, it can still put a dent in your self-esteem. But I have the remedy for all these potential woes! Just remember:

WHO YOU ARE is (vastly) more important than WHAT YOU HAVE.

To clarify, WHAT YOU HAVE means what you have accomplished, achieved, earned, etc. as well as what you own. It means money, of course, but you can also have (or not have) the respect of others, a healthy physical body, love, a purpose to your life etc. But WHAT YOU HAVE DOESN’T MATTER, because all of those things can be lost. And when/if they are lost it will leave you wondering what you’re worth, if that is the means by which you define yourself.

In contrast WHO YOU ARE is something that can never be taken from you without your cooperation, regardless of circumstances. If you are a loving person, you will be loving if you are poor or rich, healthy or sick. If you are a righteous person, you will always do the right thing. If you are a courageous person, you will be brave, regardless of whether you’re facing an enemy army or terminal illness. The circumstances don’t matter IT’S HOW YOU RESPOND TO CIRCUMSTANCES that shows your true quality.

What you have can be taken from you in a blink of an eye, and if you don’t know who you are (or if you think that you are the things you have) you will find yourself in despair. I have heard many stories of financially wealthy people who build their fortune, only to loose it all in unfortunate circumstance. Often they just get back on their feet and EARN THEIR FORTUNE BACK AGAIN. It’s because successful is something that they are, not something that they have. I bet if you threw Richard Branson out on the streets PENNILESS AND NAKED he would be a billionaire again in just a few years! It’s because that is who he is at the core of his being. And like I said, WHO YOU ARE is something that cannot be easily lost.

So discover, or better yet CHOOSE, who you are. Pick a one (or a couple if you’re ambitious) virtuous qualities by which to live your life, (Are you: LOVING? DISCIPLINED? MOTIVATED? RESOURCEFUL? COURAGEOUS? CREATIVE? SPONTANEOUS? COMPASSIONATE? CONSIDERATE? UNSTOPPABLE?!) and start living your life by that quality NOW!

For me I chose DISCIPLINED recently. Now, whenever I am considering being lazy and ignoring something I should do, I remember WHO I AM. I am ONE WHO VALUES AND EMBODIES DISCIPLINE, regardless of the circumstances (including how I’m feeling that day). Discipline has always been a quality that I’ve wanted to associate with, but each person is unique in what they bring to this world and to the lives of those around them. I wonder…

What virtue will you choose to embody?

~Jones

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2 thoughts on “Why CHARACTER IS MORE IMPORTANT than SUCCESS or ACHIEVEMENTS

  1. “who you are” is something between yourself and God. “what you are” is what people can see and communicate with you through it. So it is very unfair and very selfish to say to think it is OK to be in this world and not care “what you are”. Plus “who you are and what you are” work side by side. If YOU ARE a “nice person”, you have to feel that you need TO BE able to help people. Therefor if you are “rich” you will be able to help them with money , jobs…. , and if you are “knowledgeable” you can give them ideas, advices…., and if you are “compassionate” you should make sure you are able to take care of yourself in every way and spear yourself from asking anyone for anything, and also able to give those in need….
    We have been created to see that there are two true parts in everything in “THIS LIFE”. The material side which everyone can see AND the unseen side which comes through evidences that it is there. Both sides are as vital, important and real as the other. Ignoring to show “what you are” shows you are Not believing in the power to make things possible. And nurturing one side and you unfair to yourself in this world.

    1. Well, like you said, there isn’t one side without the other. You can’t nurture successful character without achieving success any more than you could nurture a strong body and remain weak. Maybe you inferred that I deem achievements unimportant in life. No, character and achievements are both important, but I feel that achievements are easily achieved with strong character, while great achievements don’t necessarily foster great character. Those people who consistently and constantly achieve and improve are those with great character. People with poor character can easily squander great achievements.

      ~Jones

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