I’m from Erie, Pennsylvania but now live at The Highland Home in Highland IL. I was going to say my advice would have been show a strong work ethic, but there’s a flaw with that. If you look at things as they start and as they end I guess I would say the most important thing in a person’s life is accountability because, in the end, all the way through life you’re going to be held accountable. You write the record. It is what it is. In every aspect of life; physical, spiritual, psychological, accountability seems to be the big contributor for who you really were. One of the greatest things I ever encountered was taking a course by (Dale) Carnegie and it happened to deal with the American work ethic.
I think the conditions (when we were young) demanded a hard work ethic. As a person, I think we’re accountable to each other. We’re accountable to our nation, accountable to the world, and ultimately we’re accountable to God. That’s why I didn’t discuss the work ethic, because when it gets to the spiritual aspect of it, you’re ability to work drops off. Listening to folks that grew up during the depression, they didn’t need any program to learn these things. They lived it. I have the greatest respect for that generation.