Character Counts…..right?

Character Counts…..right?

Posted on 17. Dec, 2012 by in Archived Post, Character Counts

“Character counts”…..I heard that phrase so many times growing up, but little did I realize how much character would play a role in nearly every major decision in my life. When I started this blog, the one thing I wanted to address with it is character. Yes, on my site you will find video tutorials, informative podcasts and more, but I also want a section of this site to focus on your character and the impact it has on your decision making process. You see, how you handle adversity in the early stages of your business will give insight into your character and help determine whether or not you will be more subject to “compromise” when major decisions are to be made. I want you to get into the habit of making the right choices now so that you won’t have any regrets down the road. I want you to be known as a business owner or leader with good character and unquestionable integrity. If you are not there now, I’m here to tell you that you can be in the future….regardless of what mistakes you may have made up to this point.

What’s At Stake?

Remember, not only are you in the process of becoming a business owner, but you are on the road to becoming a leader and the development of your character is at the center of that process. Your integrity is at stake. We all know that anyone can talk about their integrity and such, but their actions reveal all we need to know about them – that applies to you as well. Personally, I constantly deal with character issues, but I’m glad that I can acknowledge I have them and am willing to address them immediately. It’s our decision when it comes to building character and integrity and the earlier we address it, the better off we will be.

Choose To Do The Right Thing – Every Time

What are you going to do when things get tough? Give in and walk away…take the easy way out…twist the truth a bit for whatever reason or are you going to stand strong and do what you know is morally right. Yes, sometimes there is a price for doing the right thing, but there is even a worse price for doing the wrong thing. With doing the right thing, you can sleep a little better at night and tell you kids and grand kids about the right choices you made during challenging times. With doing the other, you simply will not have the peace associated with it and there will always be an asterisk beside your success.

What Can You Do Now?

To begin addressing your character, start looking for certain areas of your life where you tend to bend and compromise. Put it on paper and be honest with yourself about it. Own up to your character flaws now.  Whether its money, your marriage, a relationship, school, or your business, look at your flaws and see if there’s anything in common when it comes to making bad decisions. Who did you do wrong? What action did you take that you know was not the right thing? Do you see any patterns? Anything in common? If so, write it down. If you can fix it…..do it. Whether it means making a call to apologize to someone: Do it. If it means having to correct a misstatement that you made about someone or injecting the truth into an issue: Do it. If your decisions fell into what some would consider a “gray” area, it’s still an issue that you need to deal with. Address it now…..why? Because Character Counts.

21 Responses to “Character Counts…..right?”

  1. Katrina

    11. Feb, 2013

    Character does count.

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    • mpibadministrator

      mpibadministrator

      13. Feb, 2013

      …..and so does Ethics. How you respond to issues is important as well and can leave a lasting impression that’s either good or bad. There comes a time when you have to deal with or respond to issues directly instead of hiding behind things (whatever they may be) or hoping it will fade away with time. Tippy-toeing around them or acting as if there is none does no good in the long run. Simply deal with it and move on….that’s all. Anticipation tends to be greater than reality…deal with it…if the results aren’t what you expected, at least you’ve addressed it and if someone else is involved in the issue they will know where you stand as well – if they care enough to truly listen and value your opinion, they will respect your stance and move on. So, deal with it the right way….

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  2. VahnCross

    06. Jun, 2013

    Character DOES matter. It can hold you back or it can carry you to the top. Addressing your character – always has to be the first step in everything we do.

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    • mpibadministrator

      mpibadministrator

      08. Jun, 2013

      Yes, I agree, VahnCross. Better to address the character issue now instead of later.

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  3. James

    12. Jun, 2013

    Not many people would think that building your character would be a good business strategy, but it makes sense. Your customers can sense whether or not they can trust you, whatever you are selling. If they feel confident that you are a good person, they are more than likely to buy.

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    • VahnCross

      15. Jun, 2013

      Exactly. Since trust is the real foundation of business, you need a lot of it. And building character creates a way for it.

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    • McKenna

      27. Jun, 2013

      Agreed. Character is very important in building trust with potential clients.

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  4. Sky

    16. Jun, 2013

    Character certainly counts – people can say what they want and talk the talk but unless their actions are matching up with their words, it doesn’t mean much. Do what you say you’re going to. Set high standards for yourself – and meet them.

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  5. Liberty

    19. Jun, 2013

    Character is such an important aspect of running a business and one that is often overlooked. I agree with Sky and yourself, Dave, that it is so important to do what you say you’re going to do.

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  6. Natalie Thom

    07. Jul, 2013

    I have a brother with the worst moral code. I’ve got no idea where he’s got it from as the other four siblings all seem to behave with integrity. He’s stolen, lied, and still plays the victim.

    Of course he does this with absolute conviction that he is right and deserving. Similar to how the other siblings think of their actions. Sometimes doing the right thing is subjective and it’s difficult to know what actually is right. What philosop

    What characters do you try to emulate Dave? Or what philosophies have inspired you?

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  7. Natalie Thom

    07. Jul, 2013

    I have a brother with the worst moral code. I’ve got no idea where he’s got it from as the other four siblings all seem to behave with integrity. He’s stolen, lied, and still plays the victim.

    Of course he does this with absolute conviction that he is right and deserving. Similar to how the other siblings think of their actions. Sometimes doing the right thing is subjective and it’s difficult to know what actually is right. I find it helpful to follow certain moral philosophies or imagine what particular people would do in ethical dilemmas.

    What characters do you try to emulate Dave? Or what philosophies have inspired you?

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      09. Jul, 2013

      Good question, Natalie…my try to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to philosophies. Be honest and treat others the way you would want to be treated. What philosophies have inspired you?

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  8. Sandy

    08. Jul, 2013

    Integrity , Character , Ethics all these come at a price…… some times at the cost of the very business one is struggling to establish… These are Grey areas which cant be dealt with according to a prescription is my belief.

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      09. Jul, 2013

      Sandy,

      That’s interesting….what do you mean “can’t be dealt with according to a prescription”?

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  9. Sandy

    09. Jul, 2013

    Dave, I meant a response to a given business situation will be dependent on the attendant circumstances that a business owner is going through.

    I believe that it will be difficult to respond to dynamic business situations in a pre decided manner.

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  10. Natalie Thom

    14. Jul, 2013

    I think Nietzsche is inspiring. He’s the man who coined “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. It’s all about sometimes the hardest things in life are the most fulfilling. Therefore struggle should never be avoided but confronted for a rewarding life.

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  11. Mike

    14. Jul, 2013

    I always hold role models inside my head. People that inspire me. When I come across difficulty I try and think “what would this person do?” and I find they give me the strength and perspective to act wisely. Some of my role models are my Dad, Obama and Bob Marley – all men with a great source of integrity.

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  12. nomansalehzada

    14. Jul, 2013

    I agree with you Dave, it’s character and Ethics that counts in every step of life

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    • Ali Raza

      21. Jul, 2013

      Well that is right , would be looking forward to read more similar articles

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