Seven Differences Between Being Mediocre and Successful at Work

By Charles Marshall … What are you communicating to your coworkers about who you are? Are you telling them that you are a hard worker and committed team member, or is your message to them that you can’t be counted on in tough situations?

How do the successful behave differently than the mediocre? If you’re not sure where you stand in the equation, the following are seven areas where the successful differentiate and distinguish themselves from the mediocre.

Mediocre people do the bare minimum in order to keep their jobs and not get fired.
Successful people anticipate needs. They don’t wait for someone to tell them to do their jobs. If they see something that needs doing, they will take steps to make sure that it gets done.

The mediocre believe that activity equals achievement. They think that making an effort to solve a problem is just the same as actually solving the problem.
The successful know that motion doesn’t mean accomplishment. They always see every task through to completion,
and are never finished working on a problem until that problem is solved.

The mediocre behave differently around their boss. They know they’ll get in trouble if they aren’t busy so they always snap to and look busy when he or she is around.
The successful behave in exactly the same way when their boss is gone as they do when she’s looking over their shoulder. They don’t have to worry about looking busy because their normal work ethic is the definition of busy.

Mediocre people say things like: “I’ll do more when I get paid more.” “I don’t know. I just work here.” “That’s not in my job description.”
Those who say these things believe that reward should be issued ahead of performance.
Successful people know that you must deliver first, and only then will you be rewarded.

The mediocre are clock-watchers. They live for the moment they get off work. They’re the folks who spring out the door the second the clock hits quitting time, no matter whether they’ve finished what they are working on or not.
People who excel at their jobs are task-oriented and are more concerned with completing their work than they are with escaping work.

The mediocre are consistently late to work. Or, at best, they slide into work mere seconds before starting time.
Successful people recognize that being punctual is akin to keeping your word. If you have agreed to be somewhere at a certain time in order to get paid for your services, then you need to keep your word and show up when you’ve said you would.
Mediocre people gossip or listen to gossip. The reason gossip is so attractive is that it is counterfeit intimacy. It creates an instant bond between the gossiper and the listener, and it feels great (at least for a little while) to be part of that conversation. 
Successful people simply don’t have the time for gossip and know that if a person is talking about someone else behind their back, then that same person is certainly talking about them behind theirs.

So, how would you describe your work ethic? Better yet, how would your coworkers describe it? If you have the slightest interest in fulfilling your potential — if you want to see just how far you can go in life — don’t you owe it to yourself to rid yourself of any and all traces of mediocrity? Why not strive to shine as the person who sets the standard for excellence in your workplace?

Charles Marshall is a nationally known humorous motivational speaker and author. Visit his website at or contact him via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. ©2017 Charles Marshall.
©Article published in Butane-Propane News (BPN) November 2017

Worldwide Pioneer of LPG Marine Applications

(November 14, 2017) — Capt. Bernardo Herzer, chairman and founder of LEHR Inc. (Los Angeles), has a passion for creating applications for propane that result in a cleaner planet through environmentally friendly technology. Since 2004, LEHR has been producing propane-fueled lawn and garden products, as well as the world’s first line of propane-powered outboard motors. The clean-burning products are designed to be a reliable replacement for their gasoline-burning counterparts, stemming the pollutants they produce. Unlike gasoline, propane is not a water pollutant.
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The benefits to the environment caught the attention of the International Green Industry Hall of Fame (IGIHOF), which in October presented Herzer with its Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted him into the organization. The mission of IGIHOF is to recognize excellence and outstanding achievements in the green industry. He has also been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a Clean Air Excellence Award. From his base in Southern California, Herzer has traveled to all corners of the globe promoting propane as the best clean alternative fuel to replace gasoline in all types of engines. In October, as he has done in the past, Herzer spoke at the annual World LP Gas Forum in Morocco, updating those attending on application developments for propane in the marine industry.

Herzer began his maritime career at the age of 14, and joined a world sailing tour with his family at 17. He later owned and commanded oceanographic research vessels on many expeditions, including some for the U.K. Department of Fish and Wildlife in the North Sea. Concerns about climate change and overfishing led him to a career as an advocate for those issues and a creator of solutions. Many involved the utilization of propane, owing to its environmentally friendly benefits.

His concerns about gasoline spillage led him to convert gasoline-powered engines for land vehicles and maritime vessels in his teenage years. He later founded LEHR, a self-funded venture. After his success with lawn and garden products, he began offering the world’s first OEM propane outboard motors. Herzer holds more than 60 patents and hundreds of products in multiple industries. LEHR also offers propane commercial floor polishing and grinding equipment, as well as propane scooters. In addition, the company supplies fuel systems to OEMs in the form of propane engine solutions.

In 2014, Herzer was appointed chairman of the World LP Gas Association’s (WLPGA) Marine Group, whose key objectives include:

• Creating awareness in a coordinated manner on the use of LPG for marine purposes;
• Bringing the LPG industry and related manufacturers together with aligned activities to grow the marine segment’s use of the fuel; and
• Helping educate local and regional legislators to accommodate and promote LPG for marine applications
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At the 2017 WLPGA Forum in October 2017, Herzer updated those attending on efforts to upgrade maritime standards internationally for all vessels, from small fishing boats to coastal freighters and ferries, on up. Herzer told BPN, “There is a huge consensus to improve maritime emissions. Until recently, propane has not been utilized as a marine fuel in any meaningful way, but when it comes to environment-friendliness as well as economic advantages, propane is the peg that best fits in the hole.” At the WLPGA gathering he also introduced a new propane-fueled two-stroke outboard motor, designed to be a good fit for smaller boats.

“In comparison with traditional and alternative fuels such as CNG and LNG, LPG has the distinct advantage of not being a greenhouse gas,” Herzer said. “For example, LNG has a certain amount of fuel that doesn’t burn, which is called slippage. Vessels fueled by LNG release this unburned methane greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.” He doesn’t consider CNG ideal because of the high pressure and low energy density in a compressed gas, as well as the high cost of the equipment. “Electric may be fine for automobiles, but propane provides more engine density to power vessels through the water,” he said. Skeptics may point out that propane’s gasoline-gallon equivalent (GGE) is 80%, or simply, a gallon of propane produces 80% of the energy of a gallon of gasoline. However, Herzer points out that since a gallon of propane is lighter than premium unleaded gasoline (4.2 lb versus 6.5 lb), it actually packs more punch per pound than gasoline.

What are the big challenges for propane in the marine sector? Propane has the potential to replace other fuels due to its lower cost and environmental benefits, but Herzer points out the need to educate consumers and work with authorities to update regulations. In conjunction with WLPGA, whose members are stakeholders, manufacturers, and LPG distributors worldwide, he is striving to switch over to newer technologies to meet the environmental demands of a changing world.

He has his work cut out for him in his quest to replace fueloils. Further, the natural gas lobby is strong in its support for LNG, and the European Union supports it. Nonetheless, regarding LPG use in all vessels, from small skiffs to ocean going cargo vessels, he is excited about the progress being made, especially with larger ships. Herzer is an advocate of LPGreen, a joint development project between four maritime industry partners, which has developed a new LPG carrier that should reduce fuel use in all stages of operation.
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A savings of 5% to 9% in total consumption for loading and discharging, as well as sailing in laden condition and under ballast, is expected according to DNV GL, the classification society and one of four partners in LPGreen. According to Kostas Vlachos, COO of Consolidated Marine Management (CMM), another LPGreen partner, “The LPGreen project could not have happened at a better time. With 2020 fast approaching, the shipping industry will have to make the right decisions in regard to the proper option and avoid spending a lot of money unnecessarily to meet the new regulations coming over the horizon. This concept of LPG carriers offering the efficient option of burning LPG is new. Nothing like it has been developed in the past.”

As chairman of the WLPGA’s Marine Group, Herzer has been instrumental in educating the LPG industry about upcoming Marine Classification Society and International Maritime Organization (IMO) emissions standards. The more stringent rules take effect in 2020. He discussed with BPN the business partners in 30-plus countries LEHR is working with, and the various challenges faced in first- and second-world countries versus third-world countries. “In first- and second-world countries we face the challenge of getting industry leaders to ‘un-learn’ a few assumptions and re-learn what they need to know, including opportunities with a new fuel.” The LPGreen project, an example of a first-world project, has some main objectives: use LPG as a fuel; develop a highly fuel-efficient vessel; increase load rates to spend less time at terminals; and give utmost attention to both safety and an ergonomic arrangement of machinery to improve the safety of the ship personnel as well as ship operability.

At the WLPGA Forum in Morocco, Herzer discussed the challenge facing maritime propane use in third-world countries and how his company is meeting this challenge. “We introduced our new two-stroke motor,” Herzer said. “This is a lighter engine that is much more appealing to fishermen who often carry the engine to and from their boat daily. It has been tough to sell owners of small vessels to switch to propane use when it requires a move from a two-stroke engine to a four-stroke engine, [which is] typically heavier and more expensive. LEHR is now offering a two-stroke motor.” Herzer’s newest innovation, the world’s first OEM two-stroke LPG-powered outboard engine, is the company’s largest propane outboard yet, a 40-hp model. The two-stroke, oil-injected marine outboard engines utilize LEHR’s gaseous fuel technology to eliminate the environmental downside of gasoline, extend engine life, and reduce the cost of operation. “This new innovation incorporates an oil-injection system that is both reliable and cost effective,” he said. “LEHR has introduced a direct competitor to gasoline 40-hp two-strokes, which are the most common commercial fishing engines in the world.”
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For propane companies in the U.S., there are opportunities for maritime propane consumption, especially those near the ocean or large lakes, Herzer added, but there are also markets along small rivers and lakes. He pointed out that fishing is the largest participation sport in the U.S. today. “I know baseball and football are perceived as the biggest sports in the U.S., but in terms of what people actually do instead of watch, it is fishing. And people who fish often already have a propane source for their barbeque grills.” He noted that pontoon boats are the top users of new engines in the marine industry. Pontoon boats usually require 200 gallons of propane at a time. “This is a worthwhile drop for a propane retailer. There is a lot of opportunity in getting to know those in the marine industry in your area and selling them on the benefits, especially cost savings and less environmentally-unfriendly exhaust under the water,” Herzer said.

It remains to be seen if propane ultimately becomes a dominant marine fuel. It is certainly worth strong consideration and Herzer is steadily playing a role in changing the way people think.    —Pat Thornton

Propane Products "In The News"

Product Westmor 112017RAIL LOADING ARM. Westmor Industries has available rail loading arms for LP and NH3 fuel transfer. Featuring a reduction in the 90° swivels and only one 45° swivel to create a less restricted flow, they are able to provide a higher-capacity flow rate. Built with one swivel for low maintenance, the unit swings out over a rail car and back for storage. For added safety, the rail loading arms are designed with few moving parts and no spring tensioning. The emergency shut-off valve (ESV) is compliant with NFPA code. The arms come assembled for easy installation. They need minimum maintenance, and only require an annual greasing. Westmor offers 5- and 10-year maintenance programs for the hoses.

Product PhoenixGrill 112017GAS GRILL. New industrial-looking gas grills from Phoenix Grills feature stainless steel riveted grill head designs to increase durability and function. The units come with fold-down side shelves, electronic ignition, cast aluminum drip pan, and dual burner, to name a few of the standard features. They are designed to satisfy the serious griller while being user-friendly for a novice.

New "Hours of Service" Webinar Available From DOT

(November 13, 2017) — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has updated the Hours Of Service (HOS) section of their website to include a pre-recorded webinar titled "Hours of Service: How Familiar Are You?"  
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The HOS regulations address the number of hours that a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver may be on the road and the number of hours a CMV driver may be on duty before a required period of rest, along with the minimum amount of time that must be reserved for rest and the total number of hours a driver may be on duty in a "work-week."

In this pre-recorded webinar, FMCSA's subject matter expert Tom Yager, Chief of the Driver and Carrier Operations Division and Peter Chandler, Lead Transportation Specialist in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Passenger Carrier Division, provide an overview of the HOS regulations and exemptions.

The (pre-recorded) Webinar addresses the following topics:
1.         Purpose of the Hours of Service Rules and Regulations
2.         Applicability
3.         Drivers' Responsibilities
4.         Carriers' Responsibilities
5.         Property Carrier Hours of Service Driving Time Limits
6.         Passenger Carrier Hours of Service Driving Time Limits
7.         Acceptable Recording Methods
8.         Important Dates and Deadlines for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)
9.         Limited Exceptions to the Hours of Service Rules and Regulations
 To view the Webinar please click this link.

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