Work; everyone works, one way or another, paid or not.
Some people work hard, while some hardly work; or as Sam Ewing said, “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”
According to Pearl Buck work is good for your health—at least is if you like it, “To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”
Teddy Roosevelt offered yet another view of why on the value of work, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Most successful people will tell you that if you do what you love the money will follow, but not everybody believes that.
I have a kind of mantra that I share with clients, ‘People who join you for money will leave for more money.’ Henry David Thoreau said something similar long before, “Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”
Joseph Campbell had another insight to the person who is only in it for the money, “I think the person who takes a job in order to live – that is to say, for the money – has turned himself into a slave.”
But even when we love our work we all like a pat on the back and having our work appreciated, but rather than trying to force the acknowledgment take a tip from Henry J. Kaiser, “When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”
Finally, it’s Stevie Wonder who sums it all up perfectly, “Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with.”
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