The person you will become in 5 years depends on the choices you make today.

Think about that. Are you making the right choices to advance yourself in your career? Is your boss happy with your performance? Are you where you want to be in your life? Do you feel unorganized or overwhelmed at work or life in general? Do you practice healthy mental habits?

If you answered “no” to one or more of these questions, then let’s dig deep and start educating yourself now to prepare for your future. “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine” – John C. Maxwell.

Developing a strong work ethic or “life” ethic is not rocket science, but it does take some effort on your part. The term “strong work ethic” is thrown around a lot in job interviews, work meetings or even conversations with your boss. But what does it mean? It can be referred to as how someone “feels” about their work or it can be how you do your job and the responsibilities that come with it. It can also mean the level of respect that you showcase by your verbal and non-verbal interaction with others.

We can surmise that work ethic is characteristics that one should have and they include, honesty, integrity, humility, and accountability among others. These qualities will dictate your reactions to situations that occur every day at work or home. Your “work ethic” is your identity and will be others discernment of you.

Why is it good to have a strong work ethic? It shows the strength of your character. Having a positive well being is important to take with you everywhere. If you are favorable amongst your colleagues and superiors, you’d have a greater chance of advancing your career. You’d be viewed as someone who can interact, and possibly lead, other people very well. The perception of leadership will increase your chances of rising the ranks in an organization.

From the view of an organization, someone who possesses a strong work ethic is a benefit because their traits will help contribute to a company’s vision and goals.

Traits of a Strong Work Ethic:

  • Focus and Persistence
  • Punctuality
  • Professionalism
  • Balance (Creating a work/life balance)
  • Responsibility
  • Time Management
  • Honesty
  • Integrity


Today, you hear the word ethics everywhere. Ethics play a crucial part of our working and personal lives. Having a strong work ethic creates determination and responsibility. If you are able to successfully demonstrate a strong work ethic, you are more than likely going to get that job you interviewed for, retain your position, or be expectant of a promotion.


By Julia Galloway.

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