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By: Danny W. Pettry II, M.Ed., M.S., LPC, NCC, CTRS-BHS


Professor Dumbledore told Harry Potter “it is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  -J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

The quote in context:

Harry Potter (the protagonist/ hero of the story) is afraid because he has a lot in common with Lord Voldermort (the antagonist/ villain).  Harry worries that he’ll become evil too.

Harry’s mentor, Professor Dumbledore is explaining to Harry that he has powers that could be used for evil. However, it is the choices that define who Harry will be.


We human beings are capable of doing a lot of things for good or evil.

Ineffective choices:

A person can choose unhealthy behaviors like overeating, laziness, energy drinks, smoking cigarettes/ nicotine/ vaping, alcohol consumption, or other unhealthy choices.

A person can choose to act on impulses.

A person can choose poor character traits like lying, cheating and stealing.

Effective choices:

On the other hand, we humans are capable of doing positive things to.

Delaying instant gratification in order to achieve something far greater in the long-term. In example: avoiding the weekend parties, bars, and drinking scene in order to attend weekend classes to earn an advanced degree, or using the weekend to create an album of songs, or write a novel, or build something amazing.

A person can choose healthier habits in regards to taking care of their physical health. This could include: exercise, nutrition, annual doctor appointments, annual dentist appointments, etc.

A person can choose positive character traits like integrity, equality, and generosity.


The choice is ours to make.

What choices are you going to make?


Here’s a choice:

My favorite inspirational speaker, the late Jim Rohn said, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”

Make the choice to continue your education, continue your career and continue your success!

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