It is truly said,
If wealth is lost, nothing is lost
If health is lost, something is lost
If character is lost, EVERYTHING is lost!
When we meet a man who cannot make up his mind, or argue his case, or assert his personality, we say, “He is a man of no character.” This phrase is perhaps the most comprehensive denunciation of a man.
Character is everything in a man’s life. It is the total personality of man. A man without character is just a dead body that is hated by everybody.
The importance of character can be realized from the fact that a student seeking admission from one school or college to another has to produce a character certificate from the former institution. A person applying for some post must produce a character certificate from the head of the institution he last attended.
Character is the sum total of all the good qualities in a man. It consists in honesty, truthful speech and dealings, dutiful- nests, diligence, and obedience to parents, teachers and elders. Sincerity, love of mankind, inner goodness and desire to do well to others and to be free from hatred, jealousy and malice are also part of character. To live in harmony with the people of all religions, races, castes and nations may be added to the characteristics of high character. Not to cast an evil eye on a member of the opposite sex is the essence of high moral character.
You can’t force an individual to be loyal towards his organization or for that matter his family members. Character is something which comes from within and is often long lived. A good character helps you develop a winning personality. In other words, a good character is the backbone of a magnetic personality which attracts other people.
One needs to be honest at work. You need to develop a sense of loyalty and attachment towards your organization. Commitment has to come from within. Don’t just work for money. Don’t attend office just to fulfill your job responsibilities. Yes, you will definitely receive your pay check but what about your own satisfaction? There is no one who can measure your loyalty or commitment levels. You need to ask yourself “Are you really happy with your performance?” “How much are you contributing towards the success of your organization? ”Analyze your inner self. People who are not loyal towards their organization often find work monotonous and as a mere source of burden. The moment you start enjoying your work, your performance will automatically go up.
Not every one can be a good leader. You need to have leadership qualities to be able to lead your team well. If we take the example of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is an outstanding cricketer but records prove that he was not a very successful captain. You need to be cool-headed to be a good leader. Remember, your team members might come up with any query which may be logical, may not be logical or relevant. You can’t shout on them, else they will never open up.
An individual with a good character would in turn have a good personality. If you are extremely good looking but do not know how to behave, don’t be surprised if you are ignored by others. Nothing is more important than your character and moral values. Never cheat others. Remember, life is nothing without ethics and values.
Sometimes, there may be instances of loose moral character. But most often there are just rumors and guess-works which are deliberately engineered to malign a person out of jealousy or animosity. One should think twice before casting aspersions on anybody. We must accept all such rumors with a grain of salt. In any case, a man of character is bound to come out of the dark clouds as the sun appears bright in the sky.