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Good Character Traits

Updated on April 30, 2013

Good Character Traits

Audrey Hepburn speaks the truth.
Audrey Hepburn speaks the truth. | Source

Good Character Traits For Anyone

Everyone has their own opinion of what good character traits may be. With that being said, I don't write this with the intention of arguing. I don't write this with the intention of being right. I write this because this is my belief of admirable character traits for anyone. If you want to add more, I encourage you to do so. I don't mind criticism, but please respect my opinion and I will respect yours.

First off, I think we have to start with honesty. You can't really argue that one of the biggest problems in the world today would be liars. Liars don't realize that the truth always finds its way. The truth also doesn't fear investigation. I believe that we can all agree if everyone learned to tell the truth that the world would be a much better place. Though, sometimes the problem is that most people cannot handle the truth. So if you want respect, just tell the truth, even if you know it may hurt someone. Telling the truth is required as a good character trait.

Second, I would say modesty is also an important trait. Too much ego will destroy any talent you have. Besides, nobody likes someone who is overconfident. Of course, we all should believe in ourselves and each other. But don't overdo it. There is no reason to brag about what you and everyone else already knows. Be modest, and people will always respect you.

Third, everyone loves a hard working man or woman. You really can't deny that. Being a hard-worker always shows that you have good character. And when I say hard-working, I don't mean just for money. Work isn't about money. Work is about providing value to yourself and society. If you do what you love and provide value to the world, the world will give back to you. And when you are passionate work never really seems like work.

The next good character trait I want to talk about is leadership. We were all born to stand out. So I refuse to die a copy, and so should you. Nobody in this world should be a follower. We should lead ourselves through our own lives. What that means is real leaders guide you. They don't force you or try to implement control. Control is a by-product of having too much ego. What else would you always want power for? An admirable man desires only power over his own life.

Most people would also say honour is a good character trait. I'd say honour is one of the most important. Honour is equivalent to having good morales. Honour is trusting your instincts and your ethics, and making the right decision because of that. It requires you to have good judgement. It does not mean that you have to be perfect. It is about respecting your own decisions and respecting everyone else's. An honourable man does not judge someone for making the wrong decisions, rather he guides them to making the right ones.

Personally, I would say discipline is also a very good character trait. If you don't have self-discipline in our world today, you will get eaten alive by stereotypes. Without self-discipline, you cannot really be yourself. I pride myself on being disciplined enough to be me no matter what is popular or cool. At the end of the day, if you don't do that you will not be happy. It doesn't matter what car you have, or how much money you make. What matters is having the discipline to know what you really want, and creating your own way to getting there.

Now I would not say attractiveness is as important as most of these good character traits. But I would say well-being is still important to the individual. Nowadays people just follow what they hear on TV, especially here in America. Many people don't realize how businesses work. They are not always looking out for your well-being. They are looking out for theirs. If you want to be healthy, you actually have to take the time to listen to your body. I try my hardest to take care of my body. Many people just think I'm naturally fit, but it doesn't work that way. It comes down to what you eat and what you do. Do not expect to be lazy, and magically have a model body type. Anyone who says that's possible is lying to you. And it will eventually catch up. P.S. no supplements are actually that good for you. That's another way for people to rip you off in the long run. I speak from experience. The pharmaceutical industry is one of the top causes of death in the world today.

Being positive in life and having a good sense of humour is more than just a good character trait. In my opinion, it's a requirement. All you hear on the news today is tragedy. I don't get it. I understand it makes money, but why do people continue to listen to that. Why do people worry? Negativity and worrying will only bring you more negativity. If you want a good life, you must find the good in every situation. No matter what happens, you need to be able to smile and laugh your way through it.

That brings me to compassion. Compassion is also a very admirable character trait. Not many men show compassion in our world. It is sad in my opinion. Deep down we all have it. Yet I can never quite understand why people refuse to show it. It will only do you well to show the world compassion. I promise you that.

Finally, I want to add my two R's: respectfulness and reliability. These two character traits should go without being said. I believe everyone deserves the free will to be themselves. But at the same time you have to be respectful to everyone else's ability to live their own life. If your way of living interferes with someone else's, that isn't respectful. And I hope we can all agree that being reliable is a requirement for anyone we allow to stay in our lives. It is crucial that we hold ourselves and each other accountable...I mean is that not what love really means?

A few things I want to add to this good character traits list:

Be considerate: open doors, pull chairs, lend your coat, pay for dinner, kiss goodbye on the cheek, etc. Chivalry isn't dead unless you lack it.

Be a man of few words because words are important. What you say can affect everyone. So think before you speak even if it is only for ten seconds.

Love yourself the way you are. And remember there is no fear in true love.

This life is a one time offer, so use it well. Because a year from now you will wish you had started today.

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      William Joseph Kosko 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      You are welcome! :)

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      Kia Sleet 4 years ago

      This post changed my life, thank you so much!