Today’s ‘Live Better With Willie Jolley’ Tip: Mop and Bucket Attitude (M.B.A.)

Today’s ‘Live Better With Willie Jolley’ Tip: Mop and Bucket Attitude (M.B.A.)

Years ago, I was invited to speak at the Wendy’s Restaurant Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As a part of the weekend, we were told that Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, invited us over for dinner the night before the conference. My wife and I flew to Fort Lauderdale the day before the conference and had dinner with Dave at his waterside mansion.

During dinner, I asked Dave how he started Wendy’s. His answer is an incredible testament to the power of not letting pride poison your prosperity. Dave told me that during his teen years, he got a job at a local restaurant. His friends laughed at him and told him it was embarrassing to work at the restaurant, scrubbing floors and flipping burgers. In fact, they laughed at him and called him ‘‘Hamburger Boy!’’ But Dave didn’t care. He made up his mind that he was not going to let what others thought of him be the thing that determined his destiny. He bought the restaurant and named it after his daughter, Wendy, and went on to be noted for his hard work and his M.B.A., his acronym for what he called his ‘‘Mop and Bucket Attitude.’’ No job was beneath him, and all work was honorable, as long as it didn’t offend the laws of God or the laws of the land.

And by the way, many of those people who laughed at him and called him ‘‘Hamburger Boy’’ ended up calling him ‘‘Boss!’’ Do not be concerned about what others think of you. Focus on your dreams and goals!

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