Monday, April 12, 2010

"Undercover Boss" made Monday mornings a little less dreadful

So ended this Sunday night the first season of "Undercover Boss," a success by any measure for CBS and most of the participating companies (7-Eleven, Waste Management, White Castle, 1-800-Flowers,... even Hooters came out on top). It was a truly inspired decision putting the show on Sunday night - just when millions are dreading the thought of going back to work on Monday. Turn on the tube, and ... Surprise! ... real-life stories about bosses who listen, about everyday people like us who are recognized for their efforts and ideas. Wow, maybe there's hope for us yet! (To sleep soundly Sundays we would turn the TV off at this point. The spell was broken completely, however, once we turned the dial to NBC and Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice.)

What motivates us to do our best work? Is it pride, ambition, money, passion for quality, love of the process, commitment to our team? Here are a few great quotes on what makes good work worth doing... Each one approaches the question from a different angle.  Can a few choice words cure the Monday morning blues? . . .

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. - Buddha
Things may come to those who wait. But only the things left by those who hustle. - Abraham Lincoln
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius
The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going. - David Starr Jordan
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one. - Ellen Hubbard
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. - Hannah More
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. - Henry David Thoreau
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. - Louis Pasteur
By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve. - Robert Frost
Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are. - Theodore Roosevelt
A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job. - Thomas Edison
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson

Gary @ Quote Palettes

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