Ethics

I’m going to insert in Flourish a sentence or two about ethics.

I do not think I was a special person. This is not why I succeeded. I wasn’t special. I credit my recovery and my life to my parents’ quick action to get me help within 24 hours of my break.

I discounted my role in my success until a guy suggested I was talented not only in writing: I was talented because I had a work ethic: I was willing to work longer and harder to get what I wanted.

That’s it in a nutshell. I had the experience recently of seeing a lazy-ass worker in action. He was so slow and lazy I thought there was something wrong with him. I thought he had some kind of mental defect. He was so slow and lazy I recommended to his supervisor that she replace him and hire someone else.

No kidding. You want to succeed in life and you want to succeed at work: have a hard work ethic.

No one is going to give things to you. If you’re fortunate in that everything comes easy to you, or that other people give you things, you’re most likely not in the target market for my book(s).

Acting self-reliant is a critical skill to have in recovery. You’re responsible for taking action every day in the direction of your dream(s). The hardest-won victory is the sweetest.

Nevermind when you see management rewarding unethical behavior. Keep your nose in front of you (not stuck up in the air or stuck in other people’s business.)

Keep your eye on the prize(s) of your life and it will hardly be an effort to take action in the direction of your goals.

Hard work. That’s the ticket to success.

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Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She owns a resume writing and career help business. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and a fitness buff.

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