I was running a scrimmage during a soccer practice with 11-year-old boys.
On the field next to us was a group of about 20 men playing a game. At one point, a ball flew from their field through our field and down a hill about 50 yards.
One of my players immediately (almost instinctively) ran down the field to get the ball and return it.
I asked, “Why did you do that, Adam?”
“I was closest,” he said.
See below for one of my favorite essays on ‘Work Ethic.’
On February 22, 1899, in one hour after dinner, American publisher and writer Elbert Hubbard wrote the classic essay ‘A Message to Garcia’ (less than 10 minutes to read).
A true story of initiative and responsibility, the essay has been printed more than 40 million times. It’s still well-known with the big dogs of business and required reading for Marine Corps recruits and Naval Academy students.
There’s a printable version of it there, and for those with young kids, we’ve also created a fun children’s version you might enjoy sharing.