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Pride and prejudice

Felix finds solice in the Millwall Football Club mantra 'no one likes us, we don't care'

20 December 2010

Walking near the Old Bailey the other day I was pleased to read the sign on the back of a lorry that read: “Proud to be an independent aggregates supplier.” I thought this was rather good – I hope it made the lorry driver feel good, and the person who filled up the back of the lorry with aggregates, and the person who operated the weighbridge, and so on.

It must be nice to be proud of what you do and feel so good about it that you want to tell the world. There is of course a difference between pride and arrogance, conceit and self-respect. It might look a bit dodgy proclaiming oneself in that way, but, unless a lot of other aggregate suppliers feel differently, I thought it was nice.

We should be proud of what we do, and we should be proud of our independence. If we are doing our jobs properly we are doing them independently – we are acting in our client’s best interest and we are not worried about who we may be upsetting along the way.

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