By Mark Swistock
Mark Swistock was a banking intern last semester. He’s now a mortgage banker in our Livonia office. Congratulations on being hired full-time, Mark!
Ever since I can recall, my dad has been the one to display what we like to call The Diff.
From early in my life, I have understood what it means to earn your money and hard work is only the beginning of it.
My dad has always been what is called a blue collar worker, but I don’t
think that title either fits him or gives him any justice what so ever.
Work ethic is something I can truly say that I learned and now express
thanks to things my dad has taught me. He is always told me, “If you’re
early you’re on time, if you’re on time then you’re late.” This holds
true to all, and is definitely something I try to fulfill in my own
On top of his stellar attendance, my dad’s attitude and determination for success is second to none. He had always done whatever it took in order to support our family, whether it meant overtime, working weekends, or anything extra he could do.
Once I started my first real job at the age of 16, I sat down and talked with my dad for any kind of advice he could offer. He told me about the importance of working hard everyday, earning your money. Obviously if hard work is so significant, then the ability to save that money is just as important.
This is what The Diff was in my life. I’ll never be able to repay him for what he’s done, but I can sure exemplify those characteristics he’s displayed to me.