Finding freedom from apathy in the workplace

Some time ago—at my last place of employment—my boss took me into her office and told me that she was unhappy with my performance at work. As she spoke to me about her concerns, I realized that I had been following the example of my workmates instead of using my own initiative and taking a stand for what was right. My boss observed that I had been socializing with other staff too often when there were other things to be done. I agreed with her and said that I would endeavor to make an effort to express more initiative.

I left her office with a stern resolve to do my best. I went about my work enthusiastically—greeting customers cheerfully and with a diligent readiness to be of service, performing every little task with care and precision and to the best of my ability. I also made an effort not to be drawn by others into doing the wrong thing. This was not done in a self-righteous manner but through humility and brotherly love.

Don't dis!
August 25, 1997

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