If you were expanding your business, looking to hire some new workers, or perhaps wanting to expand your circle of friends, what qualities would you look for in the candidates?
If you could build a clone of yourself and program it with any characteristics or habits, what would your list look like?
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I have come to the conclusion that it is better to inventory my habits and characteristics while employed, rather than during the desperate search for that perfect new job.
What would your list of Best Qualities include if you were hired to help me in changing so I could find employment?
I spent some time reflecting on that question, reading suggestions from others who have written on the topic, making lists and editing or discarding those lists, and have compiled my own list of Best Qualities.
What would I like to see in Me 2.0?
1. Inquisitiveness, Curiosity
A person who is Inquisitive is looking for new ideas and new knowledge. Such a person is probably a reader and is willing to change as (s)he learns new things.
Asks the questions Why? How? and seeks to understand.
(This characteristic was not the first one on my rough draft list. But it rose to the top as I edited and thought.)
2. Persistence, Stick-to-it-iveness
Seldom have I been able to read something or learn a new process from one session of instruction.
Usually, it takes several repetitions and a few mistakes before I have acquired the new skill.
A persistent person does not give up when success is difficult to achieve.
3. Punctuality, Careful with Time
Businesses and events open at a specific time. The habit of Punctuality is important. It can be learned by anyone. Those who are indifferent to starting time are often careless in other areas of performance also.
When I was quite young I was assigned the farm chore of getting the cows from the pasture into the milking room, ready for milking to start before 5:00 a.m. I soon learned that the cows were habituated to the schedule and would be waiting at the gate by 4:30. All I really had to do was open the gate and let them come inside.
My point is, if cows (who don’t have clocks or the ability to read one if they did) can learn to be on time, certainly people can learn to be punctual.
Now, I realize that not everyone has an accurate, built-in clock, an accurate recognition of the passing of time. But we have so many options to assist us in being punctual that there aren’t many good reasons for being late.
4. Humble, Respectful, Collaborative
Most Life Successes are the result of multiple people working together toward the same goal.
It takes a special person to recognize and acknowledge the parts that every person in the organization plays in the success of the unit. Know every member of the team by name and let them know the value placed on their work.
5. Principled, Self-controlled, Honest
It is vital that men and women have high standards and principles that guide their behavior in every part of their lives.
The principles of law and order, of integrity, of morality and respect, of equality, of the sanctity of marriage and family… result in a life that is blessed by God and men.
6. Reflective, Introspective
Take the time to think carefully about your life, your work, your mission, and acknowledge the mistakes that you are bound to make. Reflect on the circumstances of your successes and failures, to identify how you might be able to avoid future failures and apply the elements of the successes to other encounters in the future.
7. Amiable, Pleasant, Caring
I suspect that each of us has at least one relative or friend who is cantankerous, seldom smiles, and often complains. Don’t be that person.
Cultivate the trait of caring. Care for other people, consider their circumstances and their humanity, apply the principles of friendship to every encounter. Extend the caring to other parts of Nature: wild creatures and pets.
8. Sense of Humor
Almost everything in life is funny if you look at it the right way. Look that way as often as possible. Don’t make fun or treat a serious situation lightly so that others are offended. But actively look for the humor in life. Our homes and places of work will be much more attractive if laughter is common there.
9. Accept Failure as a Part of the Path to Success
As Thomas Edison is credited with saying, “I have not failed 1,000 times, I have succeeded in finding a thousand ways that don’t work.”
Don’t repeat them, but do build on failures as you work toward achieving your goal.
10. Confident yet Flexible
If you practice the 9 characteristics listed above, you will discover that you have more confidence in your efforts and the efforts of your fellow workers and family members. And you will be less critical of your failures and the failures of others.
Your home and workplace will be more flexible in allowing each person to achieve and grow at their pace. You will have less stress, fewer sleepless nights, fewer disagreements with family and fellow workers.
11. Pure in Speech
It has become popular to use quasi-swearing and sexual innuendo with expressions and gestures. No matter how abbreviated or camouflaged, God’s name and Character are to be held in reverence, not to be used in casual, careless ways. And vulgarity is always out of place with a gentleman or lady.
OMG is a common swear expression in speech and writing, often abbreviated, but also fully spoken. WTF is a vulgar, sexual expression. Some try to assuage their consciences by only saying the first part of these expressions by saying, “Oh, My…” and “What the…”
Choose to develop an extensive vocabulary so that you can express your thoughts and feelings with clarity and honor.
I encourage you to cultivate these 11 characteristics as you work toward a better tomorrow: You 2.0
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