Character Determines Fate: Why Your Personal Traits Matter More Than You Think

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There’s a saying that your character determines your fate, and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to your personal success and happiness. At the end of the day, it’s not what you know or even how hard you work that ultimately determines your success – it’s who you are. In fact, if you look closely enough, most successful people in business (as well as other fields) have certain character traits in common, such as perseverance and an eye for opportunity, among others.

You may have heard the saying: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. While that’s partially true, it doesn’t take away from the importance of your own character traits in any way. In fact, your personal traits can be more important than knowledge or skill when it comes to determining your fate. Many successful people have incredibly impressive education and skill-sets, but they also understand that their success is partially due to their personality traits and how they interact with others around them.

In literature, what makes up an individual character is the stuff that they are made of: the “good” and “evil” inside every one of us; these things define a character’s fate. These character traits are predetermined by the author, and it takes reading on to find out how these traits play out in the course of a story. But, in real life, you can do a lot of things to change your fate, from educational opportunities to career options. Ultimately, most of it comes down to you and how hard you’re willing to work for what you want.

The truth is that some people have a better chance at attaining their goals and dreams because they were born into certain circumstances and come from backgrounds with higher incomes and more access to services. That’s not fair, but it’s true. No one is going to pull themselves up by their bootstraps if they don’t have boots, after all. Sometimes you have to work hard to level out some of those inherent disparities in opportunity. But, also know that no matter what situation you start with, it’s still up to you whether or not things work out in life.

Your behavior and personality do matter. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The most successful people understand how important it is to master their character, because they understand that without it they won’t even have a chance of succeeding in life. Achieving success in your career or business is really just a question of probability—the more consistent and reliable you are, the higher your probability of success becomes, simply because other people are more likely to be comfortable doing business with you. Successful people know that as soon as others begin to doubt their character, all future progress becomes much harder.

The most important character trait anyone can have is learning how to take responsibility for your actions. If you make a mistake, admit it and learn from it. This will help avoid similar mistakes in the future and show others that despite your past transgressions, you’re a responsible person who doesn’t make excuses. At times, taking responsibility for our actions is uncomfortable, but by doing so, we let others know we have integrity.

Another important part of our character is our ability to let go of what we can’t control in order to focus on those things we can. All too often we focus on what we can’t control in life, outside factors like winning lotteries or getting a career break. We often overlook how important the little decisions we make day to day are to our success and happiness. If you are viewed as an honest, kind person, that will afford you more chances to succeed than someone who’s perceived as rude and dishonest. Your character, and how it is perceived, is what allows you to get more chances to make decisions that will be in your favor.

In our lives, each and every one of us will reach a breaking point, at which we must make a decision that will change the course of our entire lives. How we approach that breaking point is inevitably what decides our fate. We must ask ourselves if we have what it takes to succeed by staying the course, jumping into a new endeavor, or just standing by and seeing where circumstances take us.

None of us are perfect, but those that can learn from past mistakes and be the best human beings that they can be are those that are best in control of their fate. Character determines fate as long as you don’t let the fate of things you can’t control determine your choices.

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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