Character Attributes for Success (Part 3)

Sincere, Servant, & Perseverant

“Wait… Ruby, that’s not a Fruit Loop.”  This is what I found myself saying to my 9 month old as she was trying to eat her high-chair buckle.

There were Fruit Loops spread out on the table in front of her.  Lots of colorful, tasty, delicious Fruits Loops just inches away, but for some strange reason, she wanted the plastic buckle instead.  It made me think… do we ever grow out of this?  

I mean, sure as adults we know to eat food and not plastic, but how many times do we pick the wrong thing when the right thing is so obvious?  I’m not talking about a moral choice.  I’m talking about your logical next step.  What should you be doing?  What should you be working on?  

Your next step is a delicious Fruit Loop.  The shiny thing that distracts you from doing it is the plastic buckle.  You know what you should do, but that buckle looks mighty tasty.  The result? You end up wasting time and energy on something you knew wouldn’t work.  

Does this ever happen to you?  It happens to me.  

We know we should:  have a quiet time, lose weight, stay on a budget, do a project, spend time with our family, write a book, etc. etc. etc.  And yet, something pulls us off course.  Okay, maybe you’re thinking, “Is he really comparing losing weight to eating Fruit Loops?”  Not exactly.  You see, these things don’t sound colorful and tasty.  They’re not.  The next step takes work, but the rewards are soooo much better! 

Below are the next 3 character attributes for success.  The last one, PERSEVERANT, applies right here.  Don’t give up.  It’s not too late to eat your Fruit Loop.  Whatever your next step is to become better, Start Today!  

7) Sincere – Straight forward and transparent

The most important thing in acting is honesty.  If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

– George Burns

8) Servant – Other people are the top priority

…whoever wants to become great among you must become your servant.

– Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:28)

9) Perseverant – Never give up

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a side note, Jennifer and I have talked about writing a parenting book.  It would not be a book on “how-to parent,” but rather a silly book.  It would be a book that lists all the phrases we never thought we’d need to tell our kids.  Eat your cereal and not the plastic buckle” is one of those sayings.  

Application Questions  

  • Who is someone you know that is insincere?  Why?
  • What is one thing you can do today to serve a coworker?
  • Is there something you need to finish?  What is your next baby step towards this goal?

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