I ran across an intresting peice today by motivational speaker Jim Rohn. Having sculpted a few stones the comparison Jim makes between developing character and creating a sculpture has some validity. To my fellow sculpture artist don't you agree with this thought ?
Jim writes, " I believe that character is not something that just happens by itself, any more than a chisel can create a work of art without the hand of an artist guiding it. In both instances, a conscious decision for a specific outcome has been made. A conscious process is at work. Character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you make that gradually turn who you are, at any given moment, into who you want to be. If that decision-making process is not present, you will still be somebody. You will still be alive, but may have a personality rather than a character.
Character is not something you were born with and can't change like your fingerprint. In fact, because you weren't born with it, it is something that you must take responsibility for creating. I don't believe that adversity by itself builds character and I certainly don't think that success erodes it.
Character is built by how you respond to what happens in your life. You build character out of certain qualities that you must create and diligently nurture within yourself. You've got to look for those things in your heart and in your gut. You've got to chisel away in order to find them. Just like chiseling away the rock in order to create the sculpture that previously existed only in your imagination.
Character sustains itself and nurtures itself even as it is being put to work, tested, and challenged. And once character is formed, it will serve as a solid, lasting foundation upon which to build the life you desire. * excerpted from the Cultivating an Unshakable Character series.
Imagination, Conscious decision, diligence, following your heart! Good comparison don't you think! Let's keep chiseling! Rock lady , Just Rockin!!!!
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