This article on Ten Character Traits Worth Developing was
submitted by the Character
Counts Coalition and appeared in the Detroit Free Press several
It is a wonderful set of principles to live by and which can never
steer you wrong.
The 10 Character Traits
1. Be Honest. Tell the truth; be sincere; don't
mislead or withhold key information in
relationships of trust; don't steal.
2. Demonstrate integrity. Stand
up for your beliefs about right and wrong; be your best self;
resist social pressure to do wrong.
3. Keep promises. Keep your
word and honor your commitments; pay your debts and return what
4. Be loyal. Stand by family,
friends, employers, community and country; don't talk about
people behind their backs.
5. Be responsible. Think
before you act; consider consequences; be accountable and
"take your medicine".
6. Pursue excellence. Do your
best with what you have; don't
7. Be kind and caring. Show you
care through generosity and compassion; don't be selfish or
8. Treat all people with respect. Be
courteous and polite; judge all people on their merits; be
tolerant, appreciative and accepting of individual differences.
9. Be fair. Treat all people
fairly; be open-minded;
listen to others and try to understand what they are saying and
10. Be a good citizen. Obey the
law and respect authority; vote, volunteer your efforts; protect
These principles are also an excellent basis for developing a Personal
Value System. As mentioned, you can't go wrong by using them to
guide your actions. They can help you develop solid friendships,
a good career and a foundation of good reputation and integrity.
"Good character is more
to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents
are, to some extent, a gift. Good character,
by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it
piece by piece -- by thought, choice, courage and