Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:
People have a misunderstanding of tasawwuf and therefore feel it to be difficult, whereas it is something which is manageable for every believer. One of the main aspects in tasawwuf is good character.
Good character could be defined thus,
Conducting oneself in a way that is pleasing to the Creator and to the creation.
If a person parks his car incorrectly and blocks the musjid driveway to get the virtue of the first takbeer, this is not good character, because although outwardly he has pleased the Creator, he has displeased the creation by inconveniencing them. Good character is the foundation of spiritual progress.
Anyone who adopts the character of Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلّم will be honoured and receive respect. Even if a disbeliever adopts good character, he will earn respect among people in this world.