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Think of character as having the benefits of a house’s foundation during a huge storm. If the foundation is strong enough, it will stand firm when the waters come. But when it is weak, the house will come down crumbling even at the slightest wind. That’s why it’s important that we develop a good character. It is often said that hard work will take you to the top but character will keep you there.  

 "Many succeed momentarily by what they know 
Some succeed temporarily by what they do
Few succeed permanently by who they are”

What then is character? 
The Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary defines it as “the particular combination of qualities in a person that makes them different form others”. In the simplest terms, character is “who you are”, nothing more nothing less. It is often widely described as who you are when no one else is watching. Your character is what defines you. In other words, your true value can be more than what your degrees, reputation and even your pay check says about you, but your true worth is determined by your character.

However, it is important to understand that character has a lot to do with your success. We live in a world where hard work and determination are emphasised as the key ingredients of success. Though, this is true to some extent, character however, cannot be alienated from true success. A good character is required to be successful. In whatever area – be it business, ministry or government, a good character is highly important. This is because the soundness of your character determines how successful you really are. Remember this: 

Character commits to integrity over personal gain. To people over things. 
To principle over convenience. To the larger view over the immediate.

King Solomon of ancient Israel once said “a good name is more desirable than great riches” (Proverbs 22:1). This is because, with character comes trustworthiness, a good reputation and respect. Character gives you influence. 

Finally, no matter what your character looks like right now, it can be improved. One major way to do this is to realize the importance of a good character, then take deliberate steps towards improving your character. It involves having an unchanging standard for moral decisions instead of letting circumstances dictate your choices. It takes time but it’s always worth it. Choose to live by a standard and tick to it no matter what.  

I’ll love to know your opinions so feel free to use the comment box and don’t forget to share this with friends and family.

To your success,
Damilare Fakorede


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