The online dictionary defines Work ethic as a set of values based on the ideals of discipline and hard work. Forming good habits such as focusing, staying motivated, finishing tasks immediately, and more helps to create a good work ethic that will impress employers.

Most of us have jobs that we go to daily in exchange for a paycheck. When I was a young man I was taught that a work ethic was important. Be on time, don’t get involved in gossip and work hard. Give it your best when your working for someone and you’ll get ahead.

Of course overtime I’ve learned that there is more to work ethic than just working hard, attitude and discipline is a needed ingredient to your work ethic. You can work hard but if you have a bad attitude it spoils all of that hard work.

I learned that if I don’t like my work then don’t complain but see if I can fix the problem, if not then look for something else. A lot of times we complain about something that we could change but lack the motivation or skills to make the changes.

Years ago I took a job that immediately I knew wasn’t for me. I knew what I wanted to do and prayed for guidance, the Lord instructed me to get things in order before quitting. So for one year I worked in a job I didn’t like yet I never complained instead I worked on my attitude and practiced a work ethic unmatched.

When the time came to give my notice I met with my supervisor and manager to let them know it was time for me to move on. My immediate supervisor’s response was, “I didn’t know you didn’t like the job because you were always on time and worked hard.” Praise God!

God wants us to have a work ethic that reflects Christ in us, not complaining but instead letting our lights shine in the darkness. Gossip can kill you credibility and self sabotage all of your progress. I had a manger years ago that told me, “It’s not a problem until you tell me it is”, in other words tell the person that can fix the problem not those that can’t

My challenge is ask yourself, “is my work ethic good or bad? How is my attitude? Do I need to make a change or am I the one that needs to change?”

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