1. Don’t place others before one another.

2. Let nothing on earth become more important than your marriage.

3. Don’t bring a bad day at the print shop home with you.

4. Remember to worship together.

5. Love and accept one another’s family as your own.

6. Don’t harm one another with words, attitudes, or actions.

7. Be faithful to one another.

8. Never take joy from one another.

9. Always speak the truth, with kindness and love.

10. Don’t desire or envy what others may have.

My name is Mike Stevens, and I am a printer.

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I have a deep commitment to quality and excellence. I try to do everything the very best way it can be done — but I work hard at not allowing myself to become a perfectionist. Why?

Because trying to get it perfect will slow you down, frustrate your coworkers, and sometimes cause you to miss good opportunities. In other words, perfectionism isn’t profitable.

Sometimes I think “perfectionism” can be defined as an addiction to excessive reasoning. I would urge you to avoid excessive reasoning by becoming more decisive. Being impulsive and making decisions too quickly may cost you money, but so will over-analyzing and waiting too long to make decisions. The best leaders realize that most decisions can be made sooner rather than later — and if something goes a little sideways, you simply adjust and make mid-course corrections when you realize things are going wrong. Agonizing over and over about a difficult choice or decision will only wear you out and de-energize you.

My suggestion: Don’t over-analyze, and never let the possibility of future problems prevent a present improvement.

Go ahead with your new idea, even if it’s only 90% right! You’ll be money ahead if you do…and you’ll create positive energy in yourself and those around you.

My name is Mike Stevens, and I am a printer.

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Don’t Let Others Steal Your Joy

June 17, 2014

You’ll always have grumpy customers, equipment breakdowns, slow payers, and bad weather. And then, of course, every printing company seems to have one irreplaceable co-worker who always seems to see the “negative” side of things or who makes a point to tell you all the reasons your new ideas won’t work. My solution: Keep smiling […]

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One printer’s story about losing weight and beating type 2 diabetes

June 3, 2014

Hi everyone, over the last two weeks, I shared my plan on how I was going to lose “10 pounds in 10 days.” As I blogged my daily progress each day, I often received feedback and encouragement from many of you. Many of the letters I received told stories about how others were also struggling […]

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Day #10 – Losing 10 pounds in 10 days

May 28, 2014

Beginning weight at the start –   210.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #1 –   208.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #2 –   206.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #3 –   205.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #4 –   204.75 pounds Weight at […]

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Day #9 – Losing 10 pounds in 10 days

May 27, 2014

Beginning weight at the start –   210.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #1 –   208.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #2 –   206.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #3 –   205.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #4 –   204.75 pounds Weight at […]

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Day #5 – Losing 10 pounds in 10 days

May 24, 2014

Beginning weight at the start –   210.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #1 –   208.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #2 –   206.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #3 –   205.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #4 –   204.75 pounds Weight at […]

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Day #4 – Losing 10 pounds in 10 days

May 23, 2014

Beginning weight at the start –   210.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #1 –   208.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #2 –   206.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #3 –   205.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #4 –   204.75 pounds Total weight […]

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Day #3 – Losing 10 pounds in 10 days

May 22, 2014

Beginning weight at the start –   210.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #1 –   208.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #2 –   206.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #3 –   205.5 pounds Total weight lost on day #3 –   1 pound Total weight lost […]

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Day #2 – Losing 10 pounds in 10 days

May 21, 2014

Beginning weight at the start –   210.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #1 –   208.5 pounds Weight at the end of day #2 –   206.5 pounds Total weight lost on day #2 –   2 pounds Total weight lost in 2 days –   4 pounds Today, I am happy […]

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