Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge

“THE S.W.E.A.T. PLEDGE”
(Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo)
 
1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.
 
2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.
 
3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.
 
4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.
 
5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.
 
6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.
 
7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.
 
8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.
 
9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.
 
10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.
 
11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.
 
12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.
 
On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.

Gotta Love the Grind

Over the years of my working with entrepreneurs and business owners, there have been many traits that made them successful. However, the one that has stood out as common among the most successful ones is a willingness to “grind.”

Call it persistence, stick-to-it-iveness, a never-quit mentality or what have you, this loving-the-grind has gotten them past the difficult times when capital was in short supply, product development was behind and the future looked dark.

Having a just-keep-grinding mentality helped each of them overcome it all. For some of them, this willingness was driven by their faith. Others had that single passion for what the were trying to accomplish. Many more simply were afraid or unwilling to fail. Whatever the motivation, loving the grind showed up in each of them.