Wednesday, May 13, 2020

True Grit

Unfiltered’s Founder/CEO Jake Millar sent me some thoughts on character from Peterson and Seligman’s Character Strengths and Virtues – published, I think, 15 years or so ago.  Seemed particularly helpful and relevant in today’s challenging times.

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
You notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.

You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

You like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.

You approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

You believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

You forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes.

You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

You do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves.

You like to laugh and bring smiles to other people.

You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.

You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

You value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

You value close relationships with others and being close to people.

Love of Learning
You master new skills and topics on your own or in school.

You like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

You expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

You complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

You appreciate that people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

You plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

You have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

Social Intelligence
You are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

You work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal and sacrifice your individual desires for the greater good.