You must learn to deal with the harshness of life and realize that life is difficult for everyone.
- To be honest and trustworthy.
- To delay your temptations.
- To stop being impulsive.
- To learn to problem solve naturally.
- To learn to make the hard choices and hard sacrifices.
- To learn to conquer (overcome) diversity.
- To learn to take correction, criticism, and consequences without pouting and a bad attitude.
- To take the high road, doing what is best, not what is fun, comfortable, and what everyone else is doing. Dare to do the next best right thing.
- To muscle up.
- To develop compassion (put yourself in their shoes).
- To have connectedness to family.
- To have high ownership of your behaviors, not low ownership.
- To have and express gratitude, saying “thank you” often.
- To have integrity (being honest with high moral principles).
- To live for more than the pursuit of pleasure.
- To think, think, think before you act.
- To accept obligations and responsibilities.
- To work hard for the benefit of all.
- To manage your emotions and aggressive instincts.
- To treat others as you want to be treated. (Character is measured by how you treat family, friends and others.)
- To be of sincere heart and purpose.
- To be honest with yourself about what you are doing and why you are doing it.
- To let your intentions be noble and transparent (have no hidden agendas).
- To give back! Contribute, pull your own weight.
- To realize character ALWAYS trumps competence.
Your job, my dear, is to be the very best version of yourself you can be.
Always remember that a life with God brings peace.
Life without God is rather meaningless; much like going into an African jungle without a guide and no compass.