Who we are when no one is looking. That could be used as a definition of character.
It’s one thing to admit we’ve made a mistake, but quite another thing to stick around to make things right. It’s one thing to acknowledge there’s a problem, but quite another thing to raise our hands to solve it. What is the “quite another thing?” It is integrity, courage, and honor displayed consistently over time.
Character is the recognition that when the going gets tough, we persevere. We don’t look for shortcuts. Contrary to popular opinion, the ends never justify the means. Character demands reflection, and reflection can’t be rushed.
We must ask ourselves the question no one else will ask us: How well did we live up to our values today? The more we manifest strength of character, the stronger our character becomes.
Carly Fiorina, “Find Your Way”