Praise in the Workplace

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselves—to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterdays by our today, to do our work with more force than ever before.”
– Steward B. Johnson

It bothers me that sometimes people make the assumption that personal achievements are the result of being born into the “right” family, by which they mean an affluent or famous lineage. Sometimes people will ask me, “Now, whose son or you?” This leads you to believe, that one can only become successful, if they have a foot up on the rest of the competition. Believe it or not, some folks also believe that success is a byproduct of luck. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Most people have achieved their success through sheer determination and hard work. Sure, it’s easier to get to the mountain top, if you’ve got someone ahead of you giving you a hand, but you still have to do the climbing. The workload still belongs to you. Never rely on hookups, introductions, free passes or special privileges we receive in direct proportion to how much we give.

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