Character and success

I came across this thought provoking quote this morning via Facebook. Someone had referred to a blog post from Donald Miller where he is talking about a scene from a John Steinbeck novel. One of Steinbeck’s characters says this:

The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

What do you think? Is the observation accurate? Do you have to choose between character and success? What is true success, anyway?

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