I stay on the lookout for quotes to share with my kids. This is one I found. The source was Dear Abby, an advice columnist from many years ago.
“This is maturity: to be able to stick with a job until it is finished, to do one’s duty without being supervised, to be able to carry money without spending it and to be able to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.”
Sticking with a job until done takes perseverance. You have to be able to bounce when things slow down. Finishing your job takes character.
Working without supervision demonstrates accountability. I think you want to be known as a person who does what he is assigned-every time without fail. It builds trust.
Carrying money without spending it means you are a good steward. It means you can look ahead. It means you can plan for the better opportunity. It means you can be trusted to invest.
Bearing an injustice means you have the humility to turn a cheek. You have the insight that seeks to understand. You trust the process of life’s ups and downs. You know getting even isn’t really getting even, it just makes things worse.
Mature people, mature teams get things right. Truth wins. Facts govern. As a rule, you won’t regret the mature response.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.