by Reid Wilson
In the recent weeks there have been two movies sharing war hero stories, American Sniper and The Imitation Game. As with most patriotic movies there is debate about truth and the meaning of “hero”. However, there was a constant in both movies that is not debatable. Both men exemplified incredible work ethic.
In order to come back from a major injury like Chris Norton, you need to exemplify incredible work ethic.
For a major goal, a dedication to the hard work is necessary.
What is your major goal? Are you willing to exemplify incredible work ethic?
Let’s look at two anecdotes from these movies to learn what it takes.
Here are two ways to find your work ethic.
Know Your Mission and Have Your Value
In American Sniper, Chris Kyle always has his eyes and heart on his mission – Serving his country and protecting his men. In the beginning of the movie, he tells the recruiter that the one thing he does not do is quit and he has a hard time retiring because this value is ingrained. He goes on to become warrior elite, a Navy SEAL.
One key to incredible work ethic is to have an intrinsic value or mission.
If You Are Right, Quiet the Crowd
In The Imitation Game, Alan Turing and his team are tasked with defeating the German WWII military. Alan immediately segregates himself from the team that is set to decode enigma, the Axis encryption machine which has 150 million million million combinations. People distrust him and do not like him, but he continues on his mission to build a machine that he knows will crack the code. Ignoring everybody is rarely the way to go, but when you know that what you are doing is right, then maybe quieting the crowd is the way to go.
This can only be done if you are prepared which will allow your hardest work.
He cracked the code and saved many lives. Now let’s put a work ethic in your code.
With the intrinsic drive exemplified by these men, you can get yourself started on the way to great work ethic by asking the following question. What is your mission and what is the value that will drive that mission?
Knowing the answer will lead you to to the work ethic needed to achieve.
Chris’ work ethic parallels these movies because his value is to improve every day with small victories. He works as hard as possible to be able to walk again. This summates to excellent work ethic that could be emulated in a heroic movie.
Image via Chris at Barwis Methods.
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