Lou Ludwig Success Tips: Your Character Will Become Your Calling Card

Your Character Will Become Your Calling Card

Your Character Will Become Your Calling Card

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.

There are too many people who think that the only

thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing

that’s wrong is to get caught.”

J. C. Watts  

As I see it. . . . . . . .

Your character will become your calling card


Let other judge you by the quality of your character . . . . and let your character be above approach.


The quality of your character will either open the doors of opportunity for you . . . . Or you will find them locked for you and the opportunities lose.


Your character is earned . . . . as a results of your words and deeds and can be lost quickly through your words and actions.


When your success journey is build on a solid foundation of a strong character.  People will seek you out . . . . and you will find that your business will grow to a mirror of your character.


Protect your character . . . . and keep it beyond approach . . . . and your character will become an enormous  resource to you in reaching your objectives . . . . and in achieving your goals.


Your character will become your calling card . . . . make it one that you would proud to share.


©2014 Lou Ludwig Motivational Power Quote, Sales and Management Consultant Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author





Comment balloon 35 commentsLou Ludwig • August 30 2014 08:18PM


Character and ethics are of supreme importance in business dealings.  It's like trust in any relationship.  Without it you have nothing!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 5 years ago

I've seen too many people that when you hear their name, their reputation preseded them and you may have an instant opinion of them, even though you personally don't know them.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 5 years ago

It's about trying to get your self as consistant in private as in public so that there are no lies even by mistake.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 5 years ago

Well said, Lou Ludwig - Character is 'earned' with one good act at a time.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 5 years ago

Character is very important for future business. Ethics is right up there also. If you have both with hard work you should succeed.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) almost 5 years ago

Well stated my friend.  Yes indeed, your character is your calling card.  

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) almost 5 years ago

Excellent post.  I have always found 'doing the right thing when no one is watching' to be extremely powerful words. As always you expand upon them to a tee.

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 almost 5 years ago

Hi Lou, Great quote from JC Watts, you need to protect your character and reputation, live by the Golden Rule.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Lou. I do like this quote from JC Watts. There is a lot to be said about character. This quote sums it up.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Lou. I have never heard this quote before, but it sure does resonate. Hopefully, I have a good calling card.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago

Do the right thing every time....builds your character and speaks volumes for your integrity.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Lou ... great thoughts to start my day.  Our character is our calling card.  Love this.  Have a great day.

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) almost 5 years ago

Lou, doing the right thing when no one is looking measures the man! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Lou, I love this pick...haven't heard it before but it is sooo super true

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 5 years ago

Beautiful sentiments as always.   I love the line about protecting your character.  Many are out there trying to destroy it.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 5 years ago

Yes, a great title and a great quote. And, of course a wonderful message.  Character is definitely a big differentiator in life.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 5 years ago

"Reputation is the shadow.Character is the tree"- Abraham Lincoln

Posted by Nicholas Costantino, CRS, ASP, e-Pro (Engel & Völkers ) almost 5 years ago

This is so true ! Even if you are a character !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *L*

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 5 years ago
It's just about as be as constant as possible in your character as well as I stated above with the Golden Rule. :)
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 5 years ago

Exactly.  Never do anything you can't undo and make sure everything you do is something your parents would be proud of. ;-)

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) almost 5 years ago

More than your parents be proud of, YOU have to approve, it is your self esteem and morals. Do the right thing, every time.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Wonderful post. Your character is the one thing you can never hide from others for very long.  We all make mistakes and a bad choice or two, however, when you acknowledge those errors this speaks volumes and that part of your character is seldom forgotten.

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty) almost 5 years ago

That's a lovely quote to ponder and I agree with your interpretation of the role character plays in business and life.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 5 years ago

Being of good character is as important as being dependable, reliable and many good traits of an honest upright person.


Posted by Raul Rodriguez, Looking out for the client's interest and not my p (Covenant Partners Realty) almost 5 years ago

Thank you for the quote and the inspirational post. Have a good weekend.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

In the end the cream will rise to the top.  For humans the force that brings you to the top is character.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Situational ethics should not be an issue because if you have excellent ethics, the situation will not matter. Right is right all of the time, not just when someone is watching you.

Posted by Gerard Gilbers, Your Marketing Master (Higher Authority Markeing) almost 5 years ago

Great advice Lou and something to keep in mind for real estate lifers, it's a small world out there and your reputation proceeds you!

Posted by Brian Force, Work With the Best! almost 5 years ago

Lou...It has been said that the only thing you will leave here with is character.

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 5 years ago

I love the quote, it's so very true.  The best way to remain above reproach in buiness is to ask yourself two questions:  1) Is it the best option for my client, 2)  Is it legal and/or ethical.

Beyond that, being mature and professional in all situations is all that it takes.


Posted by Kate McQueen, Tailored service for your real estate needs! (CB&A Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Lou...this is so true... and character in all aspects of our lives is what ultimately defines us, not just in our professional life.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) almost 5 years ago

Thanks Lou a good reminder as we look forward to the final push to the year's end.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) almost 5 years ago

A few weeks ago, I was in a room of maybe a dozen people, one of whom I'd worked with in the past (though he isn't a realtor).

After the get together, I reached out to 2 different people and wanted to suggest they keep their shields ready.  In both of those cases, each of the people I wanted to whisper to simply thanked me, and assured me that person's reputation was clear to them from their own networks. And no, they weren't likely to entertain much involvment with him.

Character and reputation, good or bad, are both huge differentiators.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) almost 5 years ago

Solid advice.  If you believe you are a handshake guy or girl you have to approach all business with that mindset.

Posted by Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local. (Blue Olive Properties, LLC) almost 5 years ago


Sadly, I fear that character used to be more important in society than it is today.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 5 years ago