Smile, Character. [DH Sweet 16 #15]

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There are three types of people in the world: the person who refuses to give someone in need or a charity money, the person who donates money but always turns around and shares it on social media, and the person who donates money but doesn’t tell a soul. Which are you?

We worry so much about what others think rather than worrying about our integrity and character. We all know someone who is always in a hurry to broadcast how great they are but then act differently behind closed doors. You might even be that person.

Ever heard, “Our character is defined by what we do when we think no one is looking”?

Sometimes, the hardest thing in life is to take the high road, to do the right thing when nobody is there to witness, to do the right thing knowing you won’t get any recognition. But that’s what defines your character. Long-term, it’s what makes you stand out from the pack.

In today’s fast-paced world ruled by technology, we’re creatures in need of immediate gratification. We naturally want to fit in now. But that’s not what you will be remembered for.

What you will be remembered for: your values. And here we have another of David’s Sweet 16 Compass to Success: Character Over Instinct. Always, without fail, take the high road. People want to work with people who do things the right way. Period. No excuses. When things don’t go your way, smile anyway. When you are mad, breathe.

Character: “The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.”

Instinct: “A natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency.”

When your actions and attitude are the same regardless if you’re alone, in a crowd, or surrounded by coworkers, friends, or family, you have just defined your character. You have become different in the most valuable way. It takes more courage to do what is right than to do what you want to do. It takes more strength to do what is right than to act by impulse for what you want now. Let your actions be your noise, let your actions speak for you. Let your actions define your character.

Don’t let your actions be guided by impulse.

We all know that one person who is all sweet in front of an audience but is the first to gossip once the curtains close. Don’t be an actor.

The question remains: Who are you when no one is looking?

Ready to stand out from the crowd? We are looking for people who want to be different, take the high road, and aren’t afraid to do the right thing every time. Choose character over instinct and send us your resume.

“People of character do the right thing even if no one else does. Not because they think it will change the world, but because they refuse to be changed by the world.” Are you ready to stand out in a valuable way?


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