Success is how well are you doing when no one is watching.

John Paul deJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell systems, had the most fascinating conversation on the Tim Ferriss podcast.

He literally went from being homeless (twice) to starting a hair products company—perhaps you’ve heard of the Paul Mitchell brand. When you hear the story of the ethics behind the brand, perhaps you wouldn’t want to use anything else.

One of his early jobs helping support the family of a single mom (the husband just up and left her) and two boys was as a janitor. He only knew to work the right way. He moved things, swept the corners, and so forth. No one was around. He could have taken shortcuts. But the boss noticed what he did when no one was watching and rewarded him.

Some people try to live as if God is watching their every move, sort of like described by the author of the letter to the Hebrews in the Christian Bible.

A better attitude is to realize that we are surrounded by and infused in the kingdom of God and that it’s just a part of our being to do the right thing, say the right thing, think on the right things. It’s just us. The way we are.

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