There is a difference you can find in those who stand apart from the crowd, those people of character who just get it. The intangible quality that sets them apart is something completely tangible. It’s called a work ethic, and it is the oft forgotten element on the journey to building, or rebuilding a culture. You can feel it when you touch a book, when you pick up a tool, or when you wipe your brow when it is slick from sweat.
The privilege of wearing the uniform and the gift of service is something that is earned, it’s not a right. Ask yourself, “Who’s in there?” Do you remember what it took to get to where you are today? Do you remember the promises that you made? Do you remember who you said you’d always be? Find that person again. Remember how you used to measure yourself.
I want to do what I’m meant to do. When my career is over I want to be remembered for the things that cannot be measured.
The importance of holding one another accountable cannot be understated. Accountability is a discipline. We do it for the person next to us. We do it for each other. We do it on our own together.
I want to do what I’m meant to do. I want to do it with passion. I want to do what makes people feel. When my career is over I want to be remembered for the things that cannot be measured.
I want to look back and say, “I did my job.”
When everything else has faded away nobody will remember the metrics, they’ll remember the person inside the uniform. If you’re not living up to who you said you’d always be, you will just be at a costume party for 30 years and you’ll be quickly forgotten. If that’s what you choose, you can walk away from your career with only your certificate of attendance.
I’m not going out like that.