Character vs. Talent


"Many people with secondary greatness, this is social recognition for their talents-- lack primary greatness or goodness in their character." - Stephen Covey

It's cool to have a great personality, great communication skills, be educated and know how to focus your positive thinking but does it really count for anything if you have a less than stellar character?

If you don't have morals, values, integrity, humility, courage, patience, tenacity, fidelity, simplicity and modesty..

I mean really.. you become a shell, all pretty and shiny on the outside but no substance on the inside.

The first set of traits are what Stephen Covey calls- Personality Ethic.. ALONE it's the ability to game people and make them believe what you want them to believe. Alone personality ethic is dangerous and will eventually reveal your inadequacy in character.

The second set he calls Character Ethic and when the stardust clears its what truly defines you. People often walk around as 3 people, who they really are, who other people think they are and who they themselves think they are. Character Ethic is your foundation, the core values and morals you will not compromise with slick talk, they are what you stand for and what you believe in at any cost.

To be a REAL force in this world, you have to have both Personality Ethic and Character Ethic that you constantly invest in, nurture and cultivate for ultimate success.

Why? umm two words for you: Bernie Madoff.

For most of us our parents instill the foundations of character ethic and its our job to further develop it, but school, money, work and friends often get in the way of that.

We end up focusing a lot of our energy and time past age 18 on personality ethic, making sure we are likeable, fun, employable, educated, pretty, the list can go on and on.

Some often forget to stay true to our words, they become fickle and flaky, we have probably all had a few of those moments.

Everything in life in about balance, ying and yang...

To balance a vibrant personality and the ability to win friends and influence people, we have to have something more on the inside that just our winning smile.. we have to have something to say, it has to be believable, it has to make people trust us, support us, and love us.

Otherwise we end up just looking Beautiful & Blonde....

xoxo
Carrie Pink
Pretty World Inc
Modern Day Supergirl

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