Personality vs. Character

The Idea

Contributed by @philhagspiel |  Edited and curated by @philhagspiel

We can act with a focus on how to appear (personality) or on how to be (character).

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Self-Perception

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Life Values

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Taking Action

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In a world where social dynamics impact much of our reality, how we appear to those around us matters. Because of reputation-based career paths and the relevance of social status we naturally gravitate towards focusing on appearance.

Personality is a complex function of techniques, success, public image, attitudes, behaviors, skills. You aim to get social recognition for your talents and achievements.

Character is a simple function of basic principles. You aim at acting with integrity, in line with your deeply held values — regardless of circumstance.

“What you are shouts so loudly in my ears that I cannot hear what you say.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Explore

➞ Watch this short explanation video on the concept of personality vs. character by Stephen Covey.

➞ A few more ideas about this concept can be found here.

Resources

If this idea resonates with you, some of these resources might add value to your life.

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Everything Is Fucked
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Courage
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Principles
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Ray Dalio
The Road Less Traveled
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Scott Peck
Start With Why
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Simon Sinek
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People
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Seth Godin
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Unlocking Us
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On Purpose With Jay Shetty
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The Joe Rogan Experience
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The Jordan B Peterson Podcast
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On Being
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