Being able to convince people with the own attitude and talents is good, being liked and followed by many is wonderful and being successful is great, but what really counts above all is character. Character is the key for a life of integrity and ethical excellence.
1.) Action is the measure of character - saying and doing the right thing are two different things – only action is the true measure of character.
2.) Talent is a gift – character is a choice - only in combining both you have outermost success
3.) Character generates trust - trust is essential when working with people and character leads to trust
4.) Character is the only way to sustain success - you may be successful without a great character, but with character your success will be lasting
Now you will say:
My reputation and my great influence are testimonial enough.
-> For you maybe and for a short-term success, but not for long-term.
Influence is a matter of transitoriness and your reputation is only a shadow of your character.
“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
NOW WHAT WILL YOU DO FURTHERMORE?
Hunting after your ability to influence people and forgetting your character?
Or concentrating primarily on your character?