Tuesday, February 3, 2015

RULE # 19

True character is revealed under pressure.  

Welcome pressure:  it is a true test of your own character.

It is easy to display character when all is going well.

True character is revealed when the sky is falling.

Do you flip out, lose your head, and blame others?  

If so, you have poor character, like Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The prince’s first chief-of-staff is a perfect example of grace under fire; of showing exemplary character in the face of tremendous and unjustifiable pressure from his boss, who removed him because he was jealous of his chief-of-staff’s abilities.

While the forces of evil tittered in enjoyment of his predicament, and Monegasques left guessing as to what had happened, the chief-of-staff made no public comment, held his head high, and worked through a long final week.

The chief-of-staff personified what Rudyard Kipling meant by being a man in his famous poem If.

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…

So welcome pressure, and see it as an opportunity to demonstrate your strength, conviction, and dignity in the face of whatever is thrown at you by those with lesser character.

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