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When my ninth grade English teacher asked for volunteers to help with the Junior-Senior Prom, I
asked, "Whatís in it for me?"
She responded "Itís not
about you Glenn. When you grow up, youíll understand that."
To teach me a lesson, she had me read General Douglas
MacArthur's Thayer Award speech, better known as the "Duty, Honor, Country" speech.
Never have I
read words so moving.
The following is a short excerpt:
"Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently
dictate what you ought to be.
They teach you to be proud and
unbending in honest failure.
Not to substitute words for
actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress
and spur of difficulty and challenge.
To master yourself before
you seek to master others.
To have a goal that is high.
into the future, yet never neglect the past.
serious, yet never to take yourself too seriously.
They give you an
appetite for adventure over love of ease.
They teach you in this way to be an
officer and a gentleman.
Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold
beacon in the night: Duty, honor, country."
it's one of the greatest speeches ever given, and have kept a
copy of it ever since.
His advice to West Point graduates in 1962 is also excellent
career advice to anyone. And it's just as
applicable today as it was over a half century ago.
But by far, the most important Principle of
Success he mentioned was having a sense of duty.
to understand your duty to your employer amounts to career
A duty means you're obligated to do something,
and businesses are built on obligations to serve. Employees are
obligated to serve their employer, and businesses are obligated
to serve their customers.
As obvious as that sounds,
you'd be AMAZED at how many people think their employers are
there to serve them.
All it takes to clarify the
is to follow the money. The person or company that's PAYING, gets
served by the person or company GETTING PAID to serve them.
It's no more complicated than that.
To Your Success,
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