Posts Tagged ‘work ethic’

You can serve a person the world on a silver platter, but until that person understands, embraces, and applies the concepts of work ethic, humility, personal responsibility, and empathy they will never succeed; they will never be happy. Once these attributes are adopted, however, true success is inevitable.

— Mike Hazell (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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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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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

—Saint Augustine (Image Licensed)

We begin by designing the grand plan, the blueprint of what we are to have, or build, or become. With excitement we set forth. To launch our noble undertaking, however, we must first descend into the abyss. We look ahead and see only the multitude of details which must first be completed; the actual work which will ultimately result in our success. 

Most of us will become so mired in the morass that we lose sight of the grand objective we set for ourselves. In frustration, and unwilling to do the work, we chart another path.

Some of us, however, understand that with each mundane task we are laying another brick in the foundation of our tower. We work cheerfully, day in and day out, to complete each task. One day, we look up to catch our breath, and we suddenly realize that our tower has pierced the clouds. With humility, we thank God for the fortitude that kept us moving forward. 

—Mike Hazell

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A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.

—Rupert Hughes (by Bain News Service; Public Domain)

It is easy to get caught in the trap of feeling as though we need the latest and greatest tools to accomplish our mission. All we really need, however, is the proper strategic vision—one that motivates us to our very core—and a work ethic built on rock solid determination.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride, or luxury, or ambition, or egotism? No; I shall answer indolence. Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest. Indeed, all good principles must stagnate without mental activity. 

Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann (Public Domain)

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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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I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent person, careful of their earnings and strictly honest, who complained of hard luck. A good character, good habits, and industry of iron are impregnable to the assaults of all ill-luck that fools ever dreamed.

—Joseph Addison (by Sir Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)

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Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition.

—Captain John Smith (Public Domain)

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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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