The Internet allows us to reach huge audiences at the click of a button. This is amazing for the most part, but on the flip-side, all it takes is one miscalculated move to tarnish a reputation irrevocably (or at least leave a mountain to climb in order to reverse opinions).
Here are ten basic character traits that I remind myself of now and again, believing that if they can be adopted, the path I create will be smoother than most.
- Be responsible.
When mistakes are made (and they will be) accept responsibility, and don’t blame others.
- Be receptive.
When someone pays a compliment, thank them, sincerely. Equally, constructive criticism should be embraced.
- Be yourself.
Don’t feel a need to follow crowds. They’re often wrong.
- Be honest.
Lies have a sneaky way of catching up. Funny, that.
- Be dependable.
When a statement of intent is made, follow it through. Always. And better late than never.
- Be sincere.
If it’s not meant, don’t say it.
- Be personal.
Share those moments that truly mean something in life. What affect do they have? What was learned? Where next?
- Be ethical.
Personal beliefs are likely to be different from what others believe in, but that makes them no less important.
- Be empathetic.
Before judging the actions of others, first try on their shoes.
- Be humble.
No matter what success is achieved, never forget that it wasn’t accomplished alone.
“Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher.”
— GAUTAMA BUDDHA, FOUNDER OF BUDDHISM, 563-483 BC
If you’ve learned something from my website, always remember that perhaps I’m wrong. Ask questions. Search for your own answers.
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