Monthly Archives: March 2012

Determination versus Faintheartedness

This is WEEK 12 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by. 
Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.
We should strive to have determination and not be fainthearted.  Read the rest of this entry

Dependable versus Inconsistent

This is WEEK 11 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by.  
Dependability means: 
1.worthy of trust and belief  2. being a good investment  3. consistent and reliable

When a Man’s Word Was As Good as A Gilt-Edged Note  (from the University of Texas Press – Trail Drivers of Texas)
Taking the advice of Jake Ellison, in 1867 I decided to go into the cattle business. I had no money, but the people let me take their cattle on credit…When we reached Gainesville my money was all gone… I was a perfect stranger there, and did not know a man in the town. I went into George Howell’s store, told Mr. Howell my circumstances, and asked if he could credit me for what I needed. He looked me straight in the eye for a few seconds and said he would do so. And he didn’t ask for a mortgage or a note or anything to hold me bound except my word to pay.   —By George N. Steen, Bryan, Texas

for Dependability: certain, constant, faithful, loyal, secure, stable, trustworthy
Antonyms for Dependability:   dishonest, irresponsible, uncertain, unreliable Read the rest of this entry

Deference versus Rudeness

This is WEEK 10 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by.  
Deference means:  
Polite respect, especially putting the interests of another person first

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
Joseph Joubert

A good character is the best tombstone.  Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered.  Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.  ~Charles H. Spurgeon

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.  ~Author Unknown

Synonyms for Deferencerespect, esteem, regard, reverence, admiration, awe, submissiveness
 for Deference: disrespect, rudeness, noncompliance   Read the rest of this entry

Decisiveness versus Double Minded

This is WEEK 9 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by.
What would you think if you met a man who: 

Talked professionally while on the job, but cussed like a sailor outside of work.
 Went to church every Sunday, but frequented the bars on work nights. 
 Said he loved his wife , but then flirted with and had affairs with other women. 

DECISIVE means:  
1. having the power or quality of deciding, putting an end to controversy
2. with little or no hesitation; determined
3. commanding

Synonyms for decisive:  conclusive, pivotal, key, critical, significant, strong-minded, resolute, determined, clear-sighted, focused
for decisive: insignificant, uncertain, unfocused, wavering

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