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.'
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.