Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will. A person can make his own character by blending these elements with an intense desire to achieve excellence.
Everyone is different in what I will call magnitude, but the capacity to achieve character is still the same.
~ Vince Lombardi ~
Daily touch of inspirations
January 8th: Seeing our Addictions
Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living
15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15 New International Version (NIV)
The diseases of the rational soul are long-standing and hardened vices, such as greed and ambition- they have put the soul in a straitjacket and have begun to be permanent evils inside it. To put it briefly, this sickness is an unrelenting distortion of judgment, so things that are only mildly desirable are vigorously sough after.
— Seneca, Moral Letters, 75.11(resource) Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”