Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Character, what is it? It is hard work, at least I think so. What do I do when no one knows? Do I stick to my words? Do I do what I say I will do? Do I have integrity in my life? Do I strive for what is good and right? Can I do something extra at work someday and help someone in need? Do I speak the truth or do I lie to get out of the situation looking good? Do I accept others for who they are without judging? Is it enough to just look like I am good? To pretend that everything is well? And of course I am a good human being, that just want to be accepted by people around me, and if they think I am good then I must be good enough…. I follow other people even if I do not agree, comprise with what I know is right just to be accepted in the group…or?
I have been given some thought to this subject over the last week as I am working mostly by myself and no one necessarily knows what I am doing. And the thoughts developed to all things in life… there are many situations where I can either choose a good character or bad….. I could easily choose not to do anything at work…. but that`s when this thing called Consciousness kicks inn… (and luckily I still have one) I want to stick to my word and do a good job even if no one notice? Yes, that is my answer, is it easy? NO! The temptation that no one knows or sees is an easy distraction. Only I know my own consciousness, I know what is right, but sticking to it is difficult. Weird, hu? In the world today, it`s ok to say a little lie here and there, it`s ok to take a little money under the table, it`s ok to not include everyone because we decides who gets a chance to have friends or not, we judge who is a nice person and who is not without know them, we are so quick to judge others, but we often forget to take a good look at ourselves at times….me included in the list.
I want to live in honesty, integrity, diligence, gratefulness, acceptance, meekness, self-control, responsibility, and on it goes:) For more words you can visit: http://www.character-training.com/blog/list-of-character-traits/