Work ethic. What do I mean when I say those two words?

Well, for me, it started when I was a child. I had a good family life on a farm in rural Michigan, and never lacked for warmth, food or clothing. I’d have to say that the most important resource that I inherited from my parents, besides the security of a loving family environment, was the understanding of the importance of work ethic. That knowledge would serve me well and would ultimately translate into a key characteristic of my life.

Anyone can have a solid work ethic - you just have to want it bad enough! I found that with a good work effort and focus, that I could achieve what I desired and gain confidence, experiences, and pride in knowing what I can do. There was also this innate sense of joy from accomplishment when I reached a new milestone or attained a goal that I had set for myself. So… hard-working is what I decided that I wanted to be.

I want to be clear here - Work ethic is a value-based concept founded in hard work and diligence. It is made up of many components; outlined here in a few descriptive words…

• Persistence • Desire • Focus • Follow through • Motivation • Commitment • Completion • Teamwork Effort • Drive • Pride • Success

Work ethic includes not only how a person “feels” about their job, career or vocation, but also how you “undertake” your job or responsibilities. It involves commitment to success including listening, learning, accountability and follow through. Work ethic means that you focus on completing your work - all of it - each and every day. It means that you put your heart and soul into it and you don’t falter or waiver in that effort. This concept - work ethic - involves motivation and is driven by a desire for success. It is reflected in our attitude, behavior and interactions; especially how we get along with and function at work with others.

I learned early on that you get out of life exactly what you put into it. Having work ethic demonstrates many important things about a person’s character and how much effort they are willing to exert. There is no passing the buck or making excuses, because reality always has a way of landing squarely at your feet. I believe so strongly in what I say about work ethic, that I have published a book on this subject see notations above.

If you want to change your life and your future, send me an email explaining how, and I will send you a complimentary copy of my book. The first ten 10 people to respond will receive a free copy. Be sure to include your mailing address. Remember, “It All Comes Down to W.E. work ethic! Good luck!

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