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Monday Minute 1-23-17

Look for the Gold…

At one time Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man in America.  He came from his native Scotland when he was a small boy, did a variety of odd jobs, and eventually ended us as the largest steel manufacturer in the United States.  As the head of U. S. Steel, he once had forty-three millionaires working for him.  Interesting thing was, unlike today, in the early 1900’s millionaires were relatively rare; for a million dollars in those days would be equivalent to at least 21 million dollars today. 

One day, a reporter asked Carnegie how it was that he had hired forty-three millionaires.  Carnegie responded that the men had not been millionaires when they started working for him, but had become millionaires only as a result.

The reporter’s next question was, “Well, how did you develop these men to become so valuable to you that you paid them that much money?”  Carnegie replied that people are developed the same way gold is mined.  When gold is mined, several tons of dirt and stone must be moved first to get an ounce of gold, but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt—one goes in looking for gold.

That’s exactly the way managers need to view people.  Don’t look for the flaws, warts and blemishes.  Look for the gold, not the dirt; the good, not the bad.  Look for the positive aspects of life.  Like everything else, the more good qualities we look for in people, the more we are going to find.  -- From The Sower’s Seeds, Brian Cavanaugh      

A Question: As “managers” of the young people in our care, what could happen in our classrooms, on our teams, and in their lives, if we consciously looked for the “gold” in each of them?

And a Prayer: Father/Mother, God, on this Monday morning in late January, we thank you for the privilege of teaching the young people in our care here at Marist. Inspire us to always look for the “gold” in each of them as we work with them to realize their God given worth and abilities. We pray this with our Mother Mary who was so instrumental in the life of Your Son, Jesus.

This Monday Minute is from Br. Brice Byczynski, FMS

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