Being a Professional

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You are a professional at whatever you do to earn a living. It is the thing you get paid to accomplish. You are proud of your work and strive to be the best you can be. Another thing you need to do; be kind.

It is easy to get an idea that everything revolves around you. Hint: it does not. At any given time, a billion things are going on around the world, and no matter how important we think we are, in the larger scheme of things, we are each a tiny part of a significant puzzle.

Throughout your busy day, take time. Take time to know the name of who takes out your garbage and how their family is. Take the time to let people who help you see that they are appreciated and essential to you. Do you want to be vacuuming your room floor at work? Or take out your garbage?

When you care for all those who help you, imagine the customer service that you are then providing to your customers. One person always works to support another. And it will show in you for everyone you meet.

To be the best that you can be is more than just nuts and bolts and understanding cause and effect. In getting to the point where you are the best you can be, you bring an entire team with you. You bring all those who support you.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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