5 Things I’m Teaching My Kids About Work

When it comes to the subject of “work” I don’t like where society is headed.  Laziness and mediocrity seem to be more commonplace… and more acceptable.

That’s not cool with me!  So it’s my wife and my job to make sure our kids develop a good work ethic and values in line with ours.  With that in mind I offer up this:

5 Things I’m Teaching My Kids About Work

1.  Not everyone will work hard.  Don’t let them bring you down. Never settle for doing just enough to get by even if that’s the way those around you operate.

“Good is the enemy of great.” - Voltaire Click To Tweet

2.  Sick days are for when you’re sick… not when you just don’t feel like showing up.  Suck it up and get to work.

3.  Never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself. This is especially important when you become a leader.  If those working under you have seen you do every job and working hard at it they are more apt to do the same.

“Team spirit promotes greater accomplishment.” - Lailah Gifty Akita Click To Tweet

4.  You should take pride in your work.  If you bust your butt and accomplish something you should feel good about it.  For example, if you work hard cleaning and rearranging your room you should want to stand in the doorway and admire your work.

5.  You need a break from work.  Technology is blurring the line between home and work… but as much as possible you need to separate the two.

There’s a reason I don’t forward all my work emails to my phone.  I need a break.  There are parts of my job that I could do from home.  I try to only do them when it’s absolutely necessary.

Getting a break from work also allows you to recharge.  That way when you do get back to work you can give it all you got!

“When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.” - Dr. Seuss Click To Tweet

What would you add to this list?

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Weekly Verse – Random Act Of Kindness

It’s International Random Act of Kindness week!  While I think it’s important to show kindness all the time I do like that it gets it’s own week… and that it’s world-wide!

I’ve read several different stories of kindness this week.  Fast food giant Mc Donald’s is even getting in on the action.

This movement towards a kinder world is awesome!  There’s way too much negativity so anything to combat that is a welcome change.

Look in the Bible and you’ll find many verses that center around the theme of kindness.  One I saw in my Twitter feed earlier this week stuck with me; Proverbs 11:25.

There are two versions that I particularly like.

The NIV version:

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

And the MSG version:

“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. Prov 11:25 Click To Tweet

From my own experience I find this verse to be true.  Help others and you do get something back… it’s that warmth inside as your heart smiles knowing you made a difference.

It’s not too late! International Random Acts of Kindness week runs though Sunday!  You still have time to bless someone else and brighten their day.

You can read about times others have blessed me here, here, and here.

What’s your favorite quote or Bible verse about kindness?

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop Click To Tweet

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Who Clicks Those Links?

SPAM email. It can be frustrating… or… you can look at it as a form of entertainment. That’s what I choose to do.

About twice a day at work I get a SPAM report listing all the emails that have been flagged. It’s lucky that now you can get Spam Filtering software to help you sort out your spam email from your normal, safe emails. It lists the sender and the subject. The subject lines are where I find a lot of humor though.

Have you ever taken the time to read the subject lines of your SPAM emails? The pills, the products, the offers!

There’s also the misspellings and bold innuendos. It’s comical. I was going to take a screenshot of the SPAM report I got today and share it here but thought better of it. This is a family friendly site and I wouldn’t want my kids to see it. It’s funny but a little crude.

I can’t imagine why anyone would click the links they offer… but I’m sure some people must because the emails keep coming.

There’s one other thing I find amusing about the SPAM report I get each day. About half the time it gets funneled into the “Junk” folder. Makes me laugh every time.

Do SPAM emails annoy you or do you laugh at them like me?

I get more SPAM than anyone I know. - Bill Gates Click To Tweet
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