Monthly Archives: April 2013



The history of “character” can be traced to an Ancient Greek word “charaktêr” referring to a distinctive mark engraved or pressed on a coin that defines what it is. Our modern “character” is similarly engraved on our being, defining to a large extent how we come across to the world around us. There is a famous quote that may or may not belong to the founder of the Jesuits: “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” Or in other words those first seven years of life are the defining years of our fairly permanent character traits.

But what is character? According to John Maxwell