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The Four D’s of Work Ethic

February 8, 2012

In our last post, we looked at the history of work ethic.

In the Modern economy, having a routine work ethic is a prerequisite for achieving your goals and surviving in an increasingly competitive environment.

Below you will discover the characteristics of work ethic that define success on a daily basis.

The Four D’s of Work Ethic: beyond insurance

  1. Desire:  How badly do you want it?  How important is it that you accomplish your missions and goals?
  2. Dedication: Turn desires into action, which requires a lasting commitment. How dedicated are you to your goals and dreams?
  3. Determination:  This represents the intensity through which one is dedicated to the accomplishment of his or her goals.  Often, determined people are self motivated.  Arthur Ashe once said “You are never playing an opponent.  You are playing yourself”.
  4. Discipline:  Allows a person to make the most of what they have.  Discipline is action oriented.  It is deciding how you will go about achieving your goals by staying with that strategy.

Now that you know what it takes to have a work ethic, are you willing to commit to it every day? What are some systems you can put in place to maintain the work ethic you need to succeed?

Scott Addis

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The author, Scott Addis is the President and CEO of The Addis Group and Addis Intellectual Capital, LLC (AIC). AIC is a coaching and consulting company whose purpose is to transform the process that insurance agents, brokers and carriers use when working with clients. Scott is recognized as an industry leader having been awarded the Inc. Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award as well as “25 Most Innovative Agents in America”. Scott can be reached at

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryan Howard permalink
    February 10, 2012 5:36 am

    Rules to follow…Personally & Professionally

  2. February 15, 2012 2:32 pm

    Scott-I agree with this completely. I truly wish we would get down to the basics of this as more success would follow. These are in some ways more old time values

  3. March 2, 2012 11:28 pm

    Scott- These are exactly the tools I use each day in my business. Without even realizing that I was doing them. Makes me feel that what I am doing is what works.

  4. March 6, 2012 3:49 pm

    Very good comments Bryan and Lynna, these types of practices will not only help you succeed in the professional world but also on a personal level.


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