Feb. 27, 2024 – Mike Beato was invited to speak to the Young Adult Professionals Organization (YAP). His presentation was titled You May Have a Great Resumé, but Your Character Matters More.

Right now, you’re probably all about getting ahead in your career.

You’re working hard to beef up your resume with all the right skills and wins.

But do you know what? There’s something even bigger to think about: your character virtues. The way other people see you. And it matters more than what’s listed on your resume.

In his 2015 New York Times op-ed piece “The Moral Bucket List,” David Brooks thoughtfully distinguishes between resume virtues and eulogy virtues. While resume virtues are those skills that help you climb the career ladder, eulogy virtues are the ones that define your character – the qualities people remember you for at life’s end. Were you kind, just, and compassionate? How did you impact those around you?

In this presentation, I shift the focus to those character virtues: the traits you hope to be remembered for in your eulogy. They’re about being the person others admire and enjoy being around. It’s about choosing who you want to be and striving to be the best version of yourself, not in comparison to others, but better than you were yesterday.

Here’s a little secret I’ve learned:

Helping others become the best version of themselves inevitably leads you to become the best version of yourself.

This transformation happens through your conduct and how you treat people around you. It’s about defining your CREED – your personal beliefs in how you live your life and treat others.

From my life’s journey, I’ve developed my own Personal Creed, defined by twelve Character Virtues. These virtues are not just traits – but a roadmap I call “THE WAY TO BE.”

Remember, it’s not just about a great resume – but nurturing a great character. So try to be better than you were yesterday, try to be the best version of yourself, and use your unique gifts for the greater good.

What you do for others – and how you conduct yourself – will outlive anything on your resume.

Character Virtues: The Way To Be