Wednesday, 7 June 2017

How Your Character can Protect Your Talent and Success


“Character and discipline: The tools that can Protect Your talent”

Many people with talent make it into the limelight, but the ones who have neglected to develop strong character and discipline to back the talent they have rarely stay on top for long.
Absence of strong character and discipline eventually topples talent. Why?  This is because you cannot climb beyond the limitation of the discipline and character you develop and portray.
Talented people are sometimes tempted to take shortcuts so as to succeed in life before their time but character and discipline prevents that. These two tools help them to know better and focus on the long term benefits rather than the short term gains. Talented people are praised for what others see them build and achieve, all of which is only achieved through a strong character and a disciplined attitude. Talent is only built to a high level of efficiency through discipline and character as they both protect the gift that is inside of them.
Remember that you cannot build anything that is sustainable without discipline and character. This is a fact.




Components of Character and Discipline

People are like icebergs. There’s much more to them than meets the eye. When you look at an iceberg, only about 15% is visible. That’s talent. The rest – their character is below the surface, hidden. It’s what they think and never share with others; it’s how they react to terrible traffic and other everyday aggravators; it’s how they handle failure and success that defines the strength of their character and discipline. With Icebergs just like people also, the greater the talent, the greater the need is for a strong character with discipline below the surface to sustain them.

What exactly comprises character and discipline?

Ask a dozen people and you will get a dozen different answers. Although all can be saying the same thing in different ways, I believe it all still boils down to four elements:
1.       Self Discipline
2.       Core Values and Principles
3.       A sense of Identity
4.       Integrity and Loyalty

Let’s Consider them:

1.       Self-Discipline
At the most basic level, self-discipline is the ability to do what is right even when you don’t feel like as well as even when no one is around to question your motives and put you through.
Oswald Sanders said “without self-discipline, a leader’s other gifts, however great will never realize their maximum potential” 

2.       Core Values
Our core values are the principles we live by everyday. They define what we believe and how we live. Ideally we have to incorporate our core values in everything and avoiding compromising them so that they become an anchor that holds us firm when we need balance as well as a clear beacon we can always use to guide us.  One person I must admire is John Wooden who said: he is always with a written copy of his creed which states clearly what his core principles for living are and it says:
-          Be true to yourself
-          Help others
-          Make each day your masterpiece
-          Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible
-          Make friendship a fine art
-          Build a shelter against rainy days
-          Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings everyday

3.       A Sense of Identity

When it comes to character, each of us must answer the critical question: “who am I”. that answer you must come to has to be sincere, true and absolutely original. That answer will then provide the motivation for you to adjust and work towards building up the person you really want to become. A sense of identity is the fundamental for the identification if what makes you unique and different from others and this helps to establish the much need emotional security and confidence needed to build the strength of character and discipline. Our sense of security and confidence drives what we do, thus we must be sincere to ourselves if we want to bring out the best in us. Remember that photocopies cannot compete with originals.
The world’s richest man Bill gates said “ if you compare yourself with others, then you are insulting yourself”.

4.       Integrity and Loyalty
Integrity and loyalty  helps your character and discipline by aligning your values, thoughts, feelings and actions towards that which spells honest, pure and sincere motives backed with a high level of trustworthiness which protects your talent and allows your character and discipline to build up strong. People who possess the consistency and strength that comes with integrity and loyalty can be compelling. If you want your talent to take you far and evolve to maturity, you need to protect it with integrity and loyalty. Integrity gives you the heart to act from honest and sincere motives while loyalty ensures you have the ability to stick around long enough to see your talent evolve to maturity

What Character Communicates
A strong character and discipline will make sure that you don’t make the least of your talent and it does that by what they communicate to people which are:
1.       Character and Discipline communicates Consistency
2.       Character and Discipline communicates Choice
3.       Character and Discipline communicates Influence
4.       Character and Discipline communicates longevity
5.       Character and Discipline communicates Persistence
Thus, never forget that talent is a gift and only when you develop it will it become a wonder. This can be done through character and discipline. For you to evolve with your talent and become someone of talent plus passion in any area of life:
-          Don’t give up or give in to adversity, see challenges as motivation to build strength
-          Do the right thing
-          Take control of your life and Never Give up

A contribution from: Engr. David Chior
Editor: trillionairethoughts


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