Sunday, October 2, 2016

The 8 Great Work Habits--and Quotes to Go With Them

A few weeks ago, I was thinking about the “8 Great Work Habits” we talk about everyday at my job. They not only apply to the work my colleagues and I do on a day-to-day basis, but also to any position or role in life. I decided to do some research and look up quotes that are related to each of these “great work habits”. (Each quote that follows also illustrates that anybody can use any or all of these "habits.")

1. Have and maintain a positive attitude

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.
~Wade Boggs, former Boston Red Sox baseball player

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life.
~Joel Osteen, preacher

You make the world a better place by making yourself a better person.
~Scott Sorrell, motivational speaker, author, and Fortune 500 Corporate Trainer (Universal Seminars)

2. Be on time

Arriving late is a way of saying that your own time is more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you.
~Karen Joy Fawler, author

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back.
~Harvey Mackay, businessman

Being on time is an indicator of the value you put on that relationship whether it is for work or family.
~John Reddoch, attorney

Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.
~Victoria Holt, author

3. Be prepared

There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you've prepared for the worst.
~Stephen King, author

The will to succeed means nothing without the will to prepare.
~Juda Ikangaa, Tanzanian marathon runner

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
~Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States

Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

4. Work a full day

When you like your work, everyday is a holiday.
~Frank Tyger, Trenton Times cartoonist, columnist, and humorist

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
~Dr. Seuss a.k.a. Theodore Seuss Geisel, author

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of those ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
~Epictetus, philosopher

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.
~Robert Louis Stevenson, author

5. Work territory correctly

You can’t look at the competition and say you’re going to do it better. You have to look at the competition and say you’re going to do it differently.
~Steve Jobs, entrepreneur

An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

6. Respect the customer and client

If you want respect, you have to learn to give it too.

Respect other people’s feelings. Even if it does not mean anything to you, it could mean everything to them.

Respect is for those who deserve it, not for those who demand it.

7. Understand your opportunity

The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.
~Benjamin Disraeli, former British Prime Minister

The bigger your challenges, the bigger your opportunity for growth.
~Karen Salmansohn, author

Understand the opportunity you’ve been granted, take charge of your situation, and be thankful you are here.

You create your opportunities by asking for them.
~Shakti Gawain, author

Strength comes from struggle. When you learn to see your struggles as opportunities to become stronger, better, wiser, then your thinking shifts from "I can’t do this" to "I must do this.”
~Toni Sorenson, author

8. Take control

Effective leaders lead by example . . . with honesty . . . confidence and compassion . . . intelligence and humor! Ineffective leaders merely mislead themselves . . .
~Sharon Rhea Ford, artist

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
~Socrates, philosopher

A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves you a hundred moments of regret.

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
~C.S. Lewis, author

To summarize, Paul J. Fleyer (vocalist, beat boxer, and motivational speaker) once said,

Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement.

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