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To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

—Buddha (image licensed by Penn Wealth)

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Shaw on Work Ethic

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

— George Bernard Shaw (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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An acre of performance is worth a world of promise.

— William Dean Howells, American novelist and playwright (1920, by Underwood & Underwood; Public Domain)

There are few things in life more important than strategic planning: consciously deciding where you will go and how you will get there in the time you have been given. One of more importance, however, is performance: moving forward in a planned and systematic way toward the fulfillment of your objectives. A plan without accompanying performance is a dream, but a plan backed by focused action will create an admirable and exquisite life.

—Mike Hazell

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The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.

— Edward C. Simmons (Image Licensed)

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Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.

— Euripides (ca. 330 B.C.; Public Domain)

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A person will sometimes devote all their life to the development of one part of their body – the wishbone.

— Robert Frost (by Fred Palumbo; Public Domain)

The truth is, after we define what we wish to achieve and become in life, we must put our head down and simply do the work required to get there. We will have a lot less time to get frustrated if we are too busy productively working away with alacrity.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

—Jean-Paul Sartre (Image Licensed)

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“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

—Calvin Coolidge (1919, by Notman Photo Co.; Public Domain)

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It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.

——Julius Caesar (Public Domain)

As someone who believes in the lifelong pursuit of education, it is important to point out that the ability to create is built upon the foundation of one’s knowledge up to that point. However, the pursuit of education is meaningless if one is not constantly considering how to apply this knowledge, and then actually using it to build and create. In the end, it doesn’t matter how much we know; what matters is what we have created with what we know.

—Mike Hazell

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How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never! Only through action. Strive to do thy duty, then thou shalt know what is in thee.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1828, by Joseph Karl Stieler; Public Domain)

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