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Building character

June 22, 2013 | Real life

gold star

In the schoolroom I was rewarded with a gold star, either literally or in the form of perfect test score or an A+ on a report card. These were the prizes for knowing the right answers. Later, in the workday world my gold stars came in the form of bonuses or promotions, salary replaced grades as the measuring stick of success. The actions needed to achieve these rewards was an ever evolving target, making success more challenging.

I was well into my thirties before I figured out mistakes were my best teachers. Phrases such as: “I don’t know” and “I could be wrong about that” began to pepper my speech. Strangely, I did even better. This led to a pivotal realization, no one likes perfect. Perhaps because subconsciously we sense the lie? People come in many varieties, but in my experience never perfect.

Flaws are the essence of humanity–much more likable. Even more strangely, my flaws are what endears me to those who love me best. And so it is with the most memorable fictional characters.

Do you have a favorite flawed literary character? What made them resonate with you?

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