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You either have it or you don’t?

I remember when I was growing up I was a paper boy after school and on the weekends, I was mowing my parents yard and as needed (often living in Boston) shoveling the driveway! Did I enjoy it a ton? Probably not! Did I enjoy it even a little, probably not, and clearly to do most of those chores wasn’t my choice. That choice was made for me…Thanks Mom & Dad! Many of you think I am probably being sarcastic but I really mean it when I say thanks Mom & Dad! You gave me something that is very valuable, that has stuck with me for decades! And, something many don’t have, and I would argue you can’t teach after a certain age – Work Ethic!

From the first day I started at M/A/R/C I get into the office early. Am I really 100% effective at 6:15am – perhaps not but for me getting my day started early, accomplishing a few things off my list sets the tone for the rest of the day!

I have noticed that work ethic has slipped over the years. Often I will walk into a retail store and many customer service reps are on their iPhone or updating their Facebook status! Being old, I couldn’t do that when I was growing up and if we did something like that we would be sent home.

One of my biggest fears is that work ethic has slipped and, who knows, is a thing of the past!

  • What do you think?
  • How do you view today’s work ethic?
  • What happened?
  • How can we change it?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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