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“Talent is God-given. Be humble.

Fame is man-given. Be grateful.

Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

­— John Wooden


Years ago, I stumbled upon this and it spoke to me in such a way that I put it on a bedroom mirror so I see it every day. Simple enough phrasing, but powerful advice in the workplace, as well as everywhere else.

We’re incredibly lucky within the walls of The Business Times Company to have talented, passionate people who seem to naturally abide by this sage advice. (Although the sales folks can get a little conceited once in a while!) There’s truly a concerted effort to maintain the integrity of our company’s culture, and it’s no accident that not only is the environment here positive and productive, but we’re experiencing considerable growth in every aspect of our work. And all while having an incredibly great time and furthering our relationships.

There’s always room to be more humble, more grateful, and more careful ­— no matter where you work or what you do (and perhaps even while behind the wheel of the car!). We’ve all experienced employees somewhere who are the epitome of humility and grace, and I confess to finding those people more than a little inspiring. I have to believe our Unsung Heroes, beginning on page 44, will leave you feeling the same way.

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” ­­— Aristotle


Deb Valvo



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