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Little Things in Life Matter




Earned, Never Given

“Trust, earned and never given ”

It seems to me that year after year, and generation after generation, people tend to forget that the little things in life matter and make a huge difference.

Want to hear it from someone who has seen life at all angles, Check out this speech on the little things in life from a Navy Seal 

With this month marking the 239th Marine Corps Birthday, I decided to reflect upon the little things in life.

When I left the Marine Corps in 2011, I knew that things were going to be a lot different and that working with people outside the military was going to be tough. After 10 years of working with a solid brotherhood, I was going to have to change my approach to communicating with people.

One of the biggest things I have noticed among people, is the lack of respect for little things, and that hard work seems tough to come by these days. What  I mean, is that it is rare to find someone who is willing to put in all the hard work to get what they deserve.

It seems that more and more people are expecting, rather than respecting.

Here are a few little things I think everyone should try to instill in their daily lives

Professionalism : This one may sound easy, but I have found a very few people who act as true professionals.  The true mark of a professional is someone who is constantly going above and beyond their regular duties to accomplish the goal. He/she recognizes that the minimum is a starting point and not just a standard.

Some of the things you can do to be professional include : upholding a high set of values, pay attention to detail, be prepared, adapt to any scenario at hand, and take advantage of every opportunity thrown at you.

Tenacity : Having a never quit attitude will get you far. Sometimes life will come at you with a ton of bricks, but those bricks should not even matter if you look at the positives instead of the negatives. This has been one of the hardest things for me to learn since I have left. Looking for solutions instead of problems is tough, but it has helped me get to where I am today, and I am thankful for the ability to do so.

Respect : Up to this point in my career, I have held many hats. I’ve been at the bottom of the rank structure in the Marine Corps, the top of the rank structure, a fresh new career in a new world, and an intern. Throughout all of these times, I had to face many different people with opposing views. Yet, not once did I lose site of respect for myself and others.

Why? Respect governs how we treat each other  throughout every interaction of the day. Regardless of who you may come across in your travels, respect is a two way street that acknowledges that everyone makes a contribution even in the smallest way.

Integrity :  Integrity can be defined as doing the right thing …even when no one is watching.  It is the one thing that matters most, because once lost, it is almost nearly impossible to regain.

I understand that life is a challenge, and there are many times where things may tempt you to do something that might not seem right or ethical. But, when you approach these challenges with a sense of pride and morality, you will find that you will stay true to yourself when you do not sell short of your own integrity.

Trust : Earned and Never Given!  This is one of the strongest bonds you will make with someone that ties in with respect. No matter where you are in life, you must find someone who you can rely on to help you get through tough times.

Remember, no matter where you may be in your life, someone has been in the same shoes you have been. If you go about life not caring about the little things in life, then life will get the best of you.  However, if you make the best out of every situation you can and incorporate some of the things talked about in this article, life should start to go the way you expect.

 

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