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Don’t Walk When You Can Run

Excerpt below is from my memoirs My Life Encapsulated: The Path to Success

As a teen, I always worked. I wanted to make money. So I worked hard. My first job was at  a Thrifti Mart in Bakersfield, CA. I was a cart boy. On the weekends, I collected all the shopping carts from the parking lot and brought them back into the store. I even helped little old ladies out with their groceries.

When I was hired, bless that manager forever, he taught me the most valuable lesson with one sentence. “Ken, I never want to see you walking.” Now I would push eight to ten carts at a time and I never walked that whole time I worked for him. I always looked around at the other guys and couldn’t figure out why they were walking. Didn’t he tell them the same thing? But I didn’t criticize them. I just kept going as fast as I could, running if possible, except for when I carried groceries out for the little old ladies.

Many of these ladies wanted to tip me a quarter, but I never took it because the manager had also told me not to accept tips. He taught me the concept of obedience to those for whom you work, to do your best, and to even go to the extreme to do your best. Never be a slacker. He taught me all about dependability, about the importance of being to work on time and doing what’s expected.

These are timeless lessons applicable today. I think if people are honest with themselves they know when they are slacking and they know what they need to do to push themselves to work harder. In our demanding society, in order to increase our productivity, we not only need to work harder, but work smarter. I didn’t have many distractions when I was gathering grocery carts. For example, I wasn’t tempted to make a call, check my social media or email on my cell phone. I didn’t feel pulled in a million directions or overwhelmed from my business and personal obligations.  I was probably just thinking about the homework I needed to do when I got home, the cute girl I had a crush on or hanging out with my friends later. Just keep doing the best that you can and if you do have an unproductive or frustrating day don’t give up, just wake up the next day and try harder.

Wishing you much success!

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. -Theodore Roosevelt

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  1. Sommer

    Dear Ken! Thank you so much for the books you sent to me!!! They are a source of inspiration. Thank you for sharing your life experience! Greetings from Salzburg
    Oskar Sommer MD PhD

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