Only Two Things Determine Your Character, None of them is Money


Actions recognize a person; otherwise, even mannequins look beautiful. Only person’s character can create a powerful impression on others. Money and beauty are not the accurate measurement metrics of a person’s character. In sales, they say how you look can get you first 10 seconds of someone’s attention and rest depends on how you hold a conversation with them. Humans in spite of having an eye for beauty still craves a meaningful interaction. At where people rank the best qualities in a person; money or physical appearance is not even on the list.

A pretty face can capture my attention, but only a beautiful mind can hold it

The first thing that defines you as a person is your actions. Your actions manifest your character and life. If all you do is talk and do not act, then your words will have no worth. People can see your character through your actions. Action is a broad term so let me simplify it for you

The way you treat others
Your creation or work
Your contribution to society

All these are elements of your action plan. People believe in the actions more than words because actions are accountable. Even the law system around the world is based on judging people by their actions.

The second thing that defines you is, words you choose for others. Words you choose for others is a reflection in the mirror. Each one of us is a mirror and seeing our reflections in each other. So if you see flaws in others, maybe you need to shift your perspective. Words you choose for others projects your character and reveal your way of thinking. It is true; you can observe the words you choose when you want to give someone a compliment, let’s say it is beautiful. Think for a moment, why you chose the word beautiful?! Because you can relate to it. Your choice of words for others reflect your choices in life as a person.

“Language shapes our behavior, and each word we use is imbued with multitudes of personal meaning. The right words spoken in the right way can bring us love, money, and respect, while the wrong words—or even the right words spoken in the wrong way—can lead to a country to war. We must carefully orchestrate our speech if we want to achieve our goals and bring our dreams to fruition.”

—Dr. Andrew Newberg, Words Can Change Your Brain

Many people argue that character is entirely based on person’s actions. However, I believe actions and words go hand in hand when you define yourself. A person with a foul mouth might get successful in other aspects of life, but he will not earn the honor. The only way to earn respect is to grant respect to others. It is a simple theory of ‘You reap what you sow.’

Pay attention to your actions and words because they define your character.

Love and Sunshine. Keep Feeling Buddhaful.

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Jasz Gill is a contemporary writer and poet who writes about emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and compassion. She started writing a blog with Rose Colored Glasses in 2010, a self-help blog to encourage individuals in their journey towards mindfulness. Her writing style is based on turning big ideas into practical wisdom.

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4 Comment

  1. Ned Poke says: Reply

    This is by far the best post! Thank you for pinning down the exact thoughts!

  2. Jeromy Brodrick says: Reply

    Well said

  3. Usha Bengelsdorf says: Reply

    Thank you writing such a wonderful post. It was well worth reading 🙂

  4. Davidhulge says: Reply

    Lovely Article! I could not agree more. People are blinded by cash numbers these days. What a fake world we live in, alas!

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