“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” — Abraham Lincoln
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The word character is derived from an ancient word meaning engraving tool and eventually evolved to mean a distinctive mark, trait, or quality, which is why today we generally use the word character to refer to the distinguishing traits and moral qualities that set us apart from others.
When we rely on reputation alone, we risk living a shallow life with no real meaning or value. After all your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. And yet, when you instead work to make choices that build and reinforce your distinctive traits, you’ll be empowered with an authentic and distinguishing character that is both meaningful and valued.
The question becomes, what are your distinguishing moral qualities and how are your actions constructing or destructing this character?
Jonas Cain is an author, magician, and facilitator of fascination, helping individuals, teams, and communities experience abiding joy by mindfully transitioning through change.
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Jonas Cain, M.Ed. is a storyteller, magician, musician, and facilitator of fascination on a mission to help you experience abiding joy.