One of the best examples of the effects of an inflexible mind set is Julius Caesar. Caesar was quite a capable leader, because he had confidence, determination, the ability to judge character, and he worked for the public good. However, Caesar let his popularity and confidence turn him into an arrogant and stubborn leader. Caesar himself shamelessly tells the senators that he will not change his mind in his “North Star” speech (3. 1.
An important trait to life that many people have is intelligence. It is an exceptionally significant feature that people use in life for either good or bad. Intelligence can be positive, bringing bigger paychecks, fame, and power. These positive aspects of intelligence sound good, but such shrewdness has its disadvantages. Some negative aspects of intellect are depression, difficulty making friends, and the lowering of self-esteem.
The line between self-confidence and arrogance is a fine line to walk, especially for those fortunate enough to be skilled and praised widely for it. The interactions between humans and gods make up a significant portion of classical mythology as we know it. One of the most common themes that is explored in a multitude of Greco-Roman myths is hubris, which Dr. Arnold Mitchell defines as “insolence stemming from excessive pride [. . .]
Homer opens with Penelope, Odysseus wife and their son, Telemachus showing hospitality to Penelope’s suitors. Despite this kindness, the suitors began overrunning their home, eating all their food, and drinking everything as if it was their own. This type of hospitality was expected, however. No one was turned away and beggars were considered to be from Zeus, sent to test the host. Telemachus finally admits his irritation with the suitors’ misuse of the hosts’ hospitality “But if you decide it is more profitable and better/ to go on, eating up one man’s livelihood, without payment,/ then spoil my house” (I.
Indeed, the literal translation of the Lakota word for generosity, canteyuke (chan-te-you-keh), means “has a heart.” Humility may be the most difficult quality to learn and maintain. As a society we reward arrogance and “attitude”; and our heroes tend to be loud and brash sports figures, millionaire developers, movie stars, and the like-those kinds of people who don’t know, or don’t want to know what humility is (Marshall,
In this essay, my goal to briefly discuss how both the positive and negative attributes of pride presents themselves in the character of a Spaniard as well as why greed is virtually non-existent in Spain. Pride can be split into two categories: the virtue and the sin. Firstly, virtue pride characteristics consists of one having self-respect, dignity and honor for themselves. To have pride does not mean being rich, even the poorest person takes pride in their appearance in order to pick out others and for others to catch sight of them. Prideful people often are exceedingly charitable just for the sake of being generous – no strings attached.
His intelligence and cleverness serves him well as he has the ability to strive away from unwanted situations successfully. His loyalty and faithfulness is what motivates him to get home to both his family and people of Ithaca. As well as his bravery and courage which brings him to efficiently complete his expedition? If deprived from all these significant qualities, Odysseus would not have received the title of a hero. Nevertheless, due to him appealing to all the positive and essential traits, Odysseus is known to be one of the greatest and most powerful epic heroes introduced in the art of
In the novel, “Talent is Overrated”, Geoff Colvin says specifically that talent has been praised too highly regarding personal success and that there are other factors that are important. Geoff Colvin particularly states, “The factor that seems to explain the most about great performance is something the researchers call ‘deliberate practice’ ” (Colvin 7). This conveys that talent has been overvalued and that the key for great performance is not actually talent, but an aspect called deliberate practice. I actually agree with Colvin’s ideas and think that talent has been attached too much importance to and that there are other influential things that are important
Delayed gratification is one of the most effective personal traits of successful people. People that delay gratification are more successful with their career, relationships, health, finances and really, all areas of life. • Delayed gratification is the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward. Generally, delayed gratification is associated with resisting a smaller but more immediate reward in order to receive a larger or more enduring reward later. (wikipedia) • Simply, it means making a choice which limits the ability of getting something now, for the pleasure of being able to have something bigger or better later.
So forth, his nobility and trusting nature lead to mistaken action without question. Although nobility and trust are usually positive qualities to have, they can become tragic if one has them at an exceptional rate. Cassius and the other conspirators deceive Brutus, because they need someone so well-loved by the people that any fault he made would be over looked.