In this Expert Insight Interview, Jamy Bechler discusses the concept and practice of character building. Jamy Bechler is the host of the Success Is a Choice podcast and the author of three books including The Bus Trip. He spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and a high-school AD, and now he works with high-level corporations and sports teams, helping them maximize their potential in the areas of leadership culture and teamwork.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The importance of character building
- Why having a strong character matters regardless of your level of success
- Why it is impossible to achieve sustainable success with a suspect character
Character building is a subject that we don’t hear enough about, and it almost sounds anachronistic at this stage. The older generations might remember that anything bad that ever happened to them in their youth was always considered character building, but it seems as though that is no longer the case.
However, character building is still important because the character is still important. And although we may want to stop building character and stop suffering through those difficult times, they are what make us who we are.
Integrity as a Foundation
Your character is the summation of your values; it is your integrity, the foundation, the rock that you can stand on. When the storms of life hit, and your character is shaky or underdeveloped, you might end up like a tumbleweed, carried in whichever direction the wind is blowing.
We can all agree that we don’t want to be that tumbleweed. We want to have a firm foundation and be solid in our beliefs and values, and that’s where a strong character really shines.
However, your character doesn’t only show up when you’re going through a rough patch; it really shows when you’re successful too. If you’re at the peak of success and you don’t have a strong character, you might have trouble handling the rough winds at the peak and you may not stay there for long.
Without knowing your value system or developing your character you can live a rootless life. If you don’t have the foundations to fall back on, you’re always going to drift. And at the end of the day, that shows through, both in business and in your personal life.
If you’re a social chameleon, or a tumbleweed, switching direction depending on where the wind happens to blow, you might experience short-term success. However, most of us want to have sustainable success, and the only way to achieve this is to stand up for what you believe in, instead of trying to fit in at all costs.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.