Good character is important for success in your life because it determines how well you can achieve your goals, whether others want to deal with you, and how well you fit in your groups. When you work hard and are determined to achieve your goals, you can become more successful and confident in what you do.
Here are the seven character traits for success:
Integrity is a personal quality of fairness that we all aspire to — unless you’re a dishonest, immoral scoundrel, of course.
Having integrity means doing the right thing in a reliable way. It’s a personality trait that we admire since it means a person has a moral compass that doesn’t waver. It literally means having “wholeness” of character, just as an integer is a “whole number” with no fractions. Physical objects can display integrity, too — if you’re going over a rickety old bridge that sways in the wind, you might question its structural integrity.
If you take responsibility for your own actions, you show accountability. Stepping up and admitting it when you break something shows accountability.
Accountability is a noun that describes accepting responsibility, and it can be personal or very public. A government has accountability for decisions and laws affecting its citizens; an individual has accountability for acts and behaviors. Sometimes, though, taking accountability means admitting you made a mistake. Punishment may result, but accountability shows ownership and a willingness to admit mistakes.
Making a commitment involves dedicating yourself to something, like a person or a cause. Before you make a commitment, think carefully. A commitment obligates you to do something.
Some commitments are large, like marriage. When you take a job, you’re making a commitment to show up and do the job well, and your employer makes a commitment to pay you. There are smaller commitments too. If you said you’d meet a friend at six, that’s a commitment — show up or your friend will be mad. You also can speak of commitment as a quality. Staying after school for a study group shows your commitment to good grades.
Excellence means greatness — the very best. Achieving excellence is never easy to do. It is doing things beyond expectations.
Excellence is a quality that people really appreciate because it’s so hard to find. Excellence is the quality of excelling, of being truly the best at something. Getting an A+ shows excellence. Michael Jordan’s basketball career was filled with excellence. We love Picasso and Shakespeare for their excellence. When you see excellence, you should appreciate the work that went into it. So much in the world falls short of excellence.
Someone with courage is bold and brave, unafraid to face tough challenges. Unlike the Cowardly Lion, who went all the way to the Emerald City to see if the Wizard had any courage to spare.
In Middle English, courage referred to “what is in one’s mind or thoughts.” Today, anyone with courage has only fearless feats and courageous acts in mind. Having courage means acting when others are afraid of the danger, or simply acting without fear of failure. As the American poet Robert Frost advised, “Have courage and a little willingness to venture and be defeated.”
Persistence is the ability to stick with something. If you practice the violin for over a year in order to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” perfectly, that’s persistence!
Persistence can also mean something that lasts for a very long time. The persistence of bullying, despite years of efforts by the school, has frustrated many parents. Bed bugs are known for their persistence. Despite near eradication in the 1950s, they are back and harder to eliminate than ever.
If someone shows kindness, caring, and a willingness to help others, they’re showing compassion.
This is a word for a very positive emotion that has to do with being thoughtful and decent. Giving to a charity takes compassion. Volunteering to work with sick people or animals takes compassion. When you have compassion, you’re putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and really feeling for them. Anytime a disaster like a hurricane or an earthquake hits, others will feel compassion for the victims. When you feel compassion for someone, you really want to help out.