I posted earlier a quote from Terry J. Lundgren, CEO of Macy’s on doing something really, really well. It’s a quote that really resonated with me when I first read it. There are going to be some time in your life when you’re handed a project or task that may be unfavorable and unglamorous. It’s easy to cast it aside and hurry through it to focus on something else. But the fact of the matter is that your actions, your attitude, the work that you produce is always up for scrutiny whether you like it or not. Whether it’s being evaluated by your manager, peers, or direct report, your action become a direct reflection of your character which builds your reputation and personal brand. Your personal brand will eventually lead to future wins such as getting that promotion, working on a unique and desired project, or an opportunity to be developed and mentored by someone you look up to. On this note, I leave you with another quote.
“Mind your thoughts for they become your words; mind your words for they become your actions; mind your actions for they become your habits; mind your habits for they become your character; watch your character for they become your destiny.”
Adaption of Charles Reade’s original quote