40 hours, 50 hours, or more a week… over 2,000 hours a year you grind at Drexel.  Yet do you take into account what it is doing to you as a person.  How your life is changing because of it.  Is it changing for the better or worse?

Your mental path… is what  you think over and over again.

Do you think about gratitude, humility, compassion, friendliness, patience, community service, faith and more during the course of each day?    What you think is the path you will live.  Or do you fear, worry, tense, anger, control, complain and gossip each day?

When we interview potential new team members please make this part of the conversation: “Ask a potential new hire how a particular job could be a vehicle for expanding his or her character strengths.”  It forms what we are looking for.  Someone different… people that value character over everything.*

I encourage you to use your job to help fulfill your deepest values and beliefs.

Leaders and coaches, be sure all of the people you work with have jobs and duties that include:

“having a meaningful impact on the world, having true camaraderie with your co-workers, and having the opportunities to develop skills.”

But Joel… I just order flooring, I just drive truck, I just receive materials.  OH, BUT HOW WRONG YOU ARE.  What can you do to CHANGE THE WORLD at any job you have here.  That is the challenge I give you.  Is it the energy you give off, the smile you bring, doing the smallest tasks with gratitude and perfection…HOW CAN YOU CHANGE THE WORLD YOU LIVE IN?  That’s for you to decide.

A few ideas on what you might want to focus on:

  1. Ethics

  2. Respect.

  3. Balance.

  4. Winning Attitude.

  5. Communication.

  6. Development.

  7. Team Work.

  8. Change.

  9. Have Fun.

  10. Accountability.

*The Only Way to Win: How Building Character Drives Higher Achievement and Greater Fulfillment in Business and Life by Loehr, Jim  Excellent book to consider putting on your reading list and a great influence to Drexel.

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Since 1985, our business success has come from building others UP.

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