In your opinion, what is the most important characteristic (for example, honesty, intelligence, a sense of humor?) that a person can have to be successful in life? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Honesty, intelligence, and a sense of humor are all valuable characteristics that contribute to success in life. However, they are dwarfed by sensitivity, the most important characteristic that one can have to succeed in life. A sensitive person is aware of the way his or her actions affect others. In particular, a sensitive person understands the place of honesty, intelligence, and a sense of humor. Sensitive people know when they have to tell the truth and when they had better tell a white lie. Generally speaking, “Honesty is the best policy.” However, this does not preclude important exceptions. Can a doctor be so cruel as to tell a hopeful middle-aged patient that he is terminally ill? Can a person be son insensitive as to tell his friend that his new house is very shabby? Can a man be so absent-minded as to tell his girl-friend that her expensive new dress looks horrible on her? In such situations, a sensitive person may tell a white lie instead of giving the cruel truth.
Sensitive people also know when it is good to show their intelligence and when it is better to give others a chance. Many people are very intelligent, but how many of us use our intelligence in a sensitive way? We are always trying to show off our intelligence and make other people look silly. Such vaunting of our intelligence earns for us not admiration, but disgust. Sometimes we might have to say, “I might be wrong. Please tell me if I am wrong” This acknowledgement, even though humble, will most likely earn for us respect.
Finally, sensitive people know when they can use humor and when they had better stay quiet. A sense of humor is a wonderful thing to have, but different people make jokes about different things. Something that is funny to one person may be very offensive to another person. For example, an employee may laugh at the mistakes of his or her boss, but an outsider, however humorous, may be resented for doing so.
To sum up, sensitive people can make others feel comfortable by taking into account the way their actions affect others. They understand that people differ from each other and characteristics such as honesty, intelligence, and a sense of humor need to be put to use sensitively according to each situation.
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