Ten Character Traits Worth Developing
This article on Ten Character Traits Worth
Developing was submitted by the Character
and appeared in the Detroit Free Press several years ago.
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.
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 you borrow.
4. Be loyal.
Stand by family, friends, employers, community and country; don't talk
about people behind their backs.
5. Be responsible.
before you act; consider
consequences; be accountable and "take your
6. Pursue excellence.
Do your best with what you have; don't quit
7. Be kind and caring.
you care through generosity and compassion; don't be selfish or mean.
8. Treat all people
Be courteous and polite; judge all people on
their merits; be tolerant, appreciative and accepting of individual
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.
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
a Personal Value