Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity. So does inaction sap the vigor of one’s mind.” Work is the parent of genius, the foundation of all prosperity, the salt that gives life its savor. It keeps the body fit and the mind alert. The rich and the poor, who think they can do without work, live fulfilling lives and very often fill premature graves.
Ruskin wrote: “It may be proved with much certainty that God intends no man to live in the world without working, but it seems to be less evident that He intends every man to be happy in his work.” In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed:
* They must be fit for it.
* They must not do too much of it.
* They must have a sense of success in it.
In order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work but a good judge of his work. People often say that it was luck that brought them success, but they say this without much thinking. Whatever success they have is due to hard work and not luck.
A famous businessman was once crossing the ocean when the whole country was suffering from hard times. “Are you like the rest of us, hoping for better things?” asked a friend of his. He replied, “I am not hoping for better things. I’ve got my sleeves rolled up and I am working hard for them”. Work has its own dignity. A person who works hard sincerely loves God and makes the most of his life. By this, he proves his charity, develops his faculties, helps his family, and is useful to society. Hard work is much manlier than spending hours each week at the cinema, loafing at street corners, or gossiping without end. Keep always ahead of your task, the work entrusted to you.
Let no one or anything stand between you and the difficult task. Let nothing deny you this great opportunity to gain strength by adversity, confidence by mastery, and success by deserving it. The adage says, “If you do not get the job you like, like the job you get.” Watch your opportunity for achievement in doing a lowly job well. Most often it does not so much matter of what you do, but how well you do it. For those who learn to do everything well, to excel in everything they put their hand to, greater things are given to handle.
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