Character in Hard Times

17 May

Talents are best nurtured in solitude.

Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

It is no secret that the economy has been suffering for several years now.  As this lag continues I have noticed more and more people desperate for success, or the appearance thereof, check their character at the door to the office.  Whether trying to get ahead or make ends meet they make pro misses they do not intend to fulfill, present themselves as what they are not, and can be deceptive in order to get a contract or make a deal.  In my personal experience it has gotten so bad that when meeting new service providers I often ask myself “Are they another scammer or is what they say truthful?”  Am I being cynical?  Perhaps but I have spoken with many business owners that feel the same way.

What I would like to point out is that as the quote mentions above, storms are an opportunity to build character not eliminate it.  It is when times are tough that we learn what we are made of.  We are forced to be more creative, to use our skills in new ways, to grow as individuals and learn new ways of doing things.  These are valuable lessons that will benefit professionals and business owners when the economy does improve.  How people behave now will influence their reputation going forward so unless you are planning on retiring in the next year keep your character.  It is not worth the loss!

For cynics like me… I am apt to believe the best and look forward to the day where the negative experiences of today are but a memory rather than an ongoing occurrence.


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