The Value of Ordinary Moments

Please never lose sight of the value of ordinary moments in your life where a message has stuck with you for a long time. Dig for the lesson inside of the message and apply that lesson every day in your work in order to consistently deliver excellence.

In 1970 my family bought its first ever electric typewriter. My dad put it on the kitchen table, plugged it in, put a sheet of paper in it, and started typing. He typed 10 lines and then put the sheet of paper on the kitchen table. We all leaned in to see what he had written.

It said:

Good things come to those who wait.

Good things come to those who wait.

Dan wrote that same line 10 times. It was his mantra. I heard him say it over 500 times in my lifetime. By it he meant that if you work hard today somewhere in the future something good will happen for you.

In 2009 during the great recession I had the worst financial year of my career. I worried all night about how I would pay my bills. At the same time my dad was dying of Dementia with Lewey Bodies.He didn’t know my name, and he couldn’t talk, but as I sat next to him I felt him saying, “Good things come to those who wait. Work hard today and something good will happen in the future.”

Dad, you were so right. The key is to put in effort without knowing when it will pay off.

I encourage you to examine ordinary moments in your life where a message has stuck with you. Look for the lesson inside the message. Apply that lesson every day in your work in order to consistently deliver excellence.

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