Character Is Fate

heraclitusThe Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, A man’s character is his fate. Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (Netflix original series Longmire) is a man of few words and shortened it to character is fate.

I like the  abbreviated version.

Character is fate.

Your character will determine your fate.

The good news is that you can develop your character and thereby control your fate.

The best example I can give is one young person I know who is an employee with character.

I was talking with her mother recently. She had just told me that her daughter had taken another job. She had gone from one part time job to  another with an increase in pay. But she left the old job with good feelings. She can probably return if a full time job opens up.

I said that demonstrates that she is a good employee.

Her mother agreed. She had advised her daughter that all she had to do was show up every day for work and she would stand out.

That is sadly true because so many employees are not demonstrating character. With the lack of one character trait – dependability – they are sealing their fate. They will be replaced by the individual who shows up.

If that individual also has other character traits besides dependability they will not only stay as an employee; they will be promoted.

What are the character traits needed to best ensure a desirable outcome for you and your fate?


You said you would help a friend move. You wake up on Saturday and feel stiff and groan when you remember your promise. But you show up at your friend’s house. With a big smile.

You are dependable and a good friend.


Your boss asks you to write a report. That isn’t really your thing. Half of your afternoon is spent researching how to format your report. It’s quitting time but you have just completed gathering data for the report. You know that the boss needs the report by 9 a.m. tomorrow. You ignore the clock and focus on putting the information in a clear, concise way. In an hour you have a great report and feel pretty good about your work.

You have determination and are employee of the year material.


The parent organization at your child’s school is low on funds but they want to provide school supplies for student’s who need them. You heard about a store that is matching donations for this exact need. You call the president of the parent organization and offer to contact the store. She thanks you and asks you to email her the information for the next newsletter.

You have initiative and will make a difference in many lives.


The church hostess needs desserts for a memorial service on Saturday. It’s going to be a busy week. You look around and don’t see any hands. You start rearranging your day on Friday and raise your hand. One more hand goes up and then two more.

You are available and a leader.


You joined a business with your best friend. You haven’t been as successful as you had hoped. Others who joined about the same time you did aren’t coming to local events anymore. You wonder if you should stop too. But you remember that your friend told you that it takes time and persistence. She also said that events are a key part of growing a successful business. You get in your car on a rainy evening and go to the weekly meeting.

You have endurance and will succeed.


The third neighbor’s child is standing at your door in just this month. He is selling pies and magazines for band equipment. You remember that your irritation that schools are doing this more and more is not with this little boy. You smile and go get your check book.

You are generous and kind.


You have read the above scenarios and realize that one or more are lacking. You promise to do better in the future.

You are honest and growing.

I like what fate holds for you.






When you reach my age you have heard a time or two, I want to be like her when I grow up. That is strange because first, I don't want to grow up and second, I am just figuring out who I am. I am an entrepreneur. I am having fun growing businesses from home while caring for my 90+ year old mom. Life is great!

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