In our business lives, we want to achieve success and be successful in our business no matter the line of work we choose.  However, working in real estate, our character, I believe, comes more into play than other lines of work.  We work directly with clients who depend on our character every day to get their home sold, to trust us with their most valued possession and in our case, trust us to handle their day to day business.  Here is some food for thought.

  1. Character is doing what’s right when no one is watching. Don’t just do what is right when no one sees, or so you think, but do it all the time. The truth always comes out.  Don’t be caught in something you think you can get away with.  It will come back to haunt you.
  1. Character is doing what’s right when it’s not easy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often spoke about that. He said, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” Make your choices ahead of time and value doing what’s right above all else.  People should know what you stand for and what you won’t.
  1. Character is telling the truth when a lie would be easier. Our parents always told us as children to not lie and always tell the truth no matter what the consequences. It still stands today.
  1. Character is making sure your walk matches your talk. You can’t say one thing and do another and expect to have character, trust, and influence.
  1. Character is playing by the same rules, no matter how big, important, or powerful you are. Your values shouldn’t change just because of your successes. Being a leader just reinforces who you are, not what you can get away with.
  1. Character is tending the fragile to maintain the powerful. As educator Sissela Bok noted, “Trust and integrity are precious resources, easily squandered, hard to regain.” But character, handled well, is also powerful. You see, your position of leadership may cause people to take notice of you, but it is only your character that will cause people to respect you.
  1. Character will determine your legacy. Your talent will make your name known, but your character will determine what people associate with your name. Your talent will dictate your potential, but your character will determine your legacy.

We at Office Solutions 4 U believe our character determines our success.  Are you ready to put your trust in a team that is willing to help you build and preserve your successes with integrity?

“Reprinted in parts with permission from Dr. Alan Zimmerman’s internet newsletter, the “Tuesday Tip”. http://drzimmerman.com/tuesdaytip

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