work ethic starts at an early age may 28 2011

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Liz Elting is president and C.E.O. of TransPerfect, a translation service. “I look for people who have a very strong work ethic,” she says, “and I think a big indicator of that is whether somebody has worked from a very young age.” May 28, 2011 A Work Ethic Shaped at an Early Age By ADAM BRYANT This interview with  Liz Elting , president and C.E.O. of TransPerfect, a translation service, was conducted and condensed by  Adam Bryant         Q.  What were some important lessons for you early on?   A.  I worked from an extremely young age — everything from babysitting to newspaper deliveries to walking a child to  school to working in a dry cleaner to telemarketing.  And now when we hire, that’s one of the key qualities I look for.  I  look for people who have a very strong work ethic, and I think a big indicator of that is whether somebody has worked  from a very young age, and ideally has never stopped.   Q.   Were your parents pushing you to take these jobs?   A.  Absolutely.  My parents encouraged me to work from the day anyone would hire me.  They said, “You need to be a  hard worker.  We want you to have experience, and you should be able to be self-sufficient financially when you’re  older.” And I was in a situation where I had a lot of advantages.  I was able to travel.  I lived and studied abroad a  number of times.  But they made clear I needed to work. 
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When people have that kind of upbringing, either out of necessity or because their parents chose to bring them up that  way, they’re likely to be the best employees.  And it’s not only a strong work ethic. Adversity is important, too. And  people who play competitive sports also have that desire to win that’s so crucial in employees.  It’s also a good sign  when people come from entrepreneurial families — where the mother or father ran a business.   Q.  When you started the company with your partner, did you have discussions about the culture you wanted to create?   A.  Meritocracy was always a big concept to us — making sure that the best people were promoted and rewarded, and  that is very much how we run our company now.  Virtually all of the senior people at our company were promoted  from within.  Most of them started at entry-level positions.  And so it’s very much a meritocracy.  We also believe in 
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