I have had three things on my desk and have for 20+ years. One of them is from Dr. King’s speech on December 3, 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama and it reminds me to try to always do my best at my job despite whatever it is that I am doing, how important or how trivial.
“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of Heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well.”