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Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results; it produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.

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—Hamilton Holt (Photo courtesy of Rollins Archives and Special Collections)

…There are, I believe, a couple of critical caveats to this quote. First and foremost, it is not just any “hard work” that produces results, it is focused work designed to bring your goals to fruition! That presupposes you have already outlined your goals and objectives.

Secondly, there is a big difference between “hard work” and drudgery. I always hated it when someone would feel obliged to throw out tired old maxims about hard work using negative connotations, as if you wouldn’t get anywhere unless you despised what you were doing to get there. Who says hard work has to be distasteful to be effective?

The real trick in life is uncovering what you are passionate about and keeping that passion burning bright through the better part of your long, focused days. After all, what good is it to reach our destination if we hated the journey?!

MSH

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Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.

Adams, Abigail, port by Benjamin Blyth 1766

—Abigail Adams (by Benjamin Blyth, public domain)

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Commitment

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).

Carroll, Lewis

—Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.

WILLIAM HAZLITT

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—William Hazlitt

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Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

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—Wayne Gretzky

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Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.

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—Thomas Alva Edison

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Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.

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—Thomas Carlyle (Eliott & Fry Photography)

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