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“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When I think about this quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I reflect on my performance of what I do and how efficiently I have done it. To take pride in one’s work by doing their very best, paid or unpaid, is a testament to their commitment to excellence. Sometimes we may not get a second chance to make a first impression. We work to make improvements, to do better than we did before. We are, and we represent our work. The words of my mother continue to echo through my mind, “Don’t do a half-ass job when you know you can do better.”
How can you elevate to new heights if you can’t make it off of the ground level? If you aren’t committed to completing the smallest of tasks, then how can you appreciate and perform larger responsibilities?