A quote from Elbert Hubbard on the topic of “working for a man”
When I first started my working career, many moons ago now, I came across a classic quote that inspired me and brought me peace.
I had lost touch with the quote over the years and strangely enough, a recent event occurred that triggered my long-term memory.
What I like to call, "an oldie but a goodie."
With the power of Google, I searched for the quote on a few key words in the phrase, e.g. "an ounce of loyalty" that I could remember and Voila!
The quote in question (highlighted below) from Elbert Hubbard, publisher, author and noted philosopher:
"If you work for a man, in heaven's name work for him! If he pays you wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him – speak well of him, think well of him, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of the time, and the rest of the time work against him. I would give an undivided service or none. If you must growl, condemn, and eternally find fault – resign your position, and when you are outside, damn to your heart's content – but as long as you are part of the institution, do not condemn it. If you do, the first high wind that comes along will blow you away, and probably you will never know why. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness."
If I might add or embellish a bit–"chances are he/she took a chance on you when (they) hired you. How about rewarding their risk on you with the highest reward that you can possibly muster? And that is your undivided attention, loyalty and engagement."
In closing, my advice, if I were running an entrepreneurial company today, I'd think about posting this quote in a conspicuous place as a constant visual reminder to fellow members of the team. Please be certain to praise and acknowledge Hubbard's wisdom and unique ability to articulate in the footnote.