Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What you do is Important

Do you remember the story about the carpenter from the book Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen? To summarize; there was a carpenter who dedicated his life to building homes. He loved being a carpenter. Every home that he built he poured his heart and soul into his work. He would select the best wood for each home and ensure that every board and every wall was assembled perfectly. When he decided to retire his employer accepted his resignation on the condition that the carpenter build at least one more home. The carpenter reluctantly agreed. The carpenter purchased the wood, but instead of carefully selecting the best wood he just took whatever was available. Then, when he was building the home he took short cuts and assembled everything quickly just so he could finish the home and get started on his retirement. When he finished the home his employer thanked the carpenter for all of the years he dedicated to building homes and his employer handed him a set of keys and said, the last home you built is a gift from me to you.

This story reminds me of how important it is to do the best we can everyday of our lives. Whether we are repairing a fence, upgrading software, or educating others, the work that we do impacts the lives of others. The quality of work also impacts how we view ourselves. Our work is important no matter how small or how large the project. When we make mistakes, it’s important that we acknowledge those mistakes, address them, and move forward. It’s important that we don’t cut corners just to finish quickly. We need to ensure the best possible product or service that we can produce.

Author: Dr. Eduardo Diaz, helping you exceed expectations.


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