Words of Character

    1.  The aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing
    2.  One such feature or trait; characteristic
    3.  Qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity
    4.  A person, esp. with reference to behavior or personality
                Simply:  Moral Qualities
    1.  The quality or state of being equal
                Simply:  To be equal 
    1.  Marked by firm determination
        Simply:  To be determined
     1.  To train or develop by instruction and exercise, especially in self-control
     2.  To impose order upon
     3.  Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
                    Simply:  To Control
    1.  To give or supply in common with others
    2.  To play a significant part in bringing about an end or result
                Simply:  To Give
    1.  A forward or onward movement
    2.  Gradual betterment
                    Simply:  To Improve 
    1.  The occupation or function of serving <in active service>
    2.  Contribution to the welfare of others
    3.  A helpful act
    4.  Useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity
                    Simply:  To Assist Others  
    1.  Surrender of something for the sake of something else
    2.  Something given up or lost
                Simply:  To Forego 
    1.  Answerable or accountable, as for something within one's power, control, or management
    2.  Having a capacity for moral decisions and therefore accountable; capable of rational thought or action
    3.  Reliable or dependable 
                Simply:  To Own One's Actions 
    1.  Tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
    2.  The capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by 
         compressive stress
               Simply: To overcome  
   1.  An event that accomplishes its intended purpose
    2.  Achiever: a person with a record of successes
    3.  A state of prosperity or fame
    4.  The achievement of one's aim or goal
            Simply: To achieve
     1.  The state or process of acting or doing
     2.  Organized activity to accomplish an objective 
     3.  Habitual or vigorous activity; energy
     4.  Behavior or conduct. Often used in the plural
                Simply:  To do
     1. To persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement
               Simply:  To continue
    1. An introductory act or step; leading action
    2. Readiness and ability in initiating action
    3. One's personal, responsible decision
    4. The ability or attitude required to begin or initiate something
            Simply: To start
 Words of Wisdom 
    “Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.” (Bradley)
  • “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”  (Carnegie)
  • “Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing”  (Braiker)
  • “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”  (MLK)
  • We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” (Sonia Johnson)

  • “We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” (Lewis)
  • “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”  (Shaw)
  • “The American spirit wears no political label. In service to others and yes, in sacrifice for our country, there are no Republicans; there are no Democrats; there are only Americans.”  (Kerry)
  • "You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” (Rohn)
  • “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” (Stamp)
  • “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” (Miles)
  • “The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.” (Holt)
  • “Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.” (Covey)
  • “To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.” (Schopenhauer)
  • “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be” (Sheehan)
  • “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” (Da Vinci)
  • "The most essential factor is persistance-the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come." (James Whitcomb Riley)
  • "Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves--and be free." (Chavez)
  • "The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." (Confucius)