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Over the last few days I’ve spent a lot of time volunteering for my kids activities. While it’s time consuming and tiring, the rewards are tangible.

What I’ve come to realize is that there are two shifts when doing something: the setup and the tear down. Life is the same way.

Everyone likes working the setup shift. You get things going and then walk away. It’s up to the tear down crew to wrap things up.

The tear down is hard, behind the scenes work many times with little credit or recognition. And that’s why you should do it.

People have their motivations. What is your motivation? Getting things done or getting recognized for it?

I changed my thinking a few years ago. I came to the conclusion that the completeness of the work was thanks enough.

That doesn’t make it any easier or more fun. The work is what the work is. The difference is the meaning we impart.