The Importance of Good Character Essay

923 Words Jul 15th, 2013 4 Pages
Why is character important? Why is it important to be a person of good morals, ethics, and character? Can that make you more productive in life, family, school, business, work, etc. ?
Well, good moral, ethics, and character has NEVER hurt anyone.
President Abraham Lincoln once said, "Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree." To many, this quote means that Character is like a tree which bears the shadow of their reputation whether it be good or bad.
"I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person." - Rita Moreno
As seen in these quotes, character is important, and it determines your reputation in
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Good character/characteristics also show leadership and value. Not only to the people around you, but to the marketplace (where you work).
Let's put this into perspective. IF..... you were the employer or manager of a company: the person in charge of hiring and firing, which person would you hire? Person 1 or Person 2 ?
Person 1: Well, I went to this school, and I have this degree, and I know that when you hire me I'll make the MOST for this company. You have never seen anyone like me. You should be glad that I'm even here in your office today. So... are you gonna take me, or leave me?
Person 2: Well Mr./Mrs. _________, I'm so honored to be here today. I'm grateful that you took the time to interview me. I might not have all the credentials for this position with your company, but I am willing to learn whatever you teach me. If you teach me, I'll do my very best at my job, and will work at doing it to the best of my ability.
Now that your thinking about these two different people (that your considering to hire) which one would you choose? Person 1 or Person 2 ? Well, the majority of us would choose Person 2. Why?? Because Person 2 shows that they are humble, teachable, and grateful. We wouldn't hire Person 1 because they appeared as arrogant, "stuck-up", and maybe even pushy.
My point is simply this. Not just your mannerism, but your character can be seen through how you speak, carry yourself,