“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
We strive to create meaningful work.
But our work is only a part of our story.
We also have our live outside of our work. We have friends, family, likes, dislikes, skills, hobbies, characteristics and flaws.
Outside of what you do, the question is do people like you?
I would argue creating amazing work is slightly diminished if people around you think you are a jerk.
You can be a jerk and put out great work, but you being a jerk isn’t a prerequisite.
Anger, negativity, frustration, jealousy, worry… we all feel these emotions a one point or another, but we don’t have to let them control us.
What do people say about us when we aren’t around? How do we want to be remembered when we are gone?
We can be the kind of person who works on his or her character, and not just on our status or bank account. We build character, not to please or appease others, but to be a better version of ourselves.
Character + brilliant work is a powerful combination.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #700 ✨