“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
- Thomas Edison
Our great-grandfathers knew what it meant to work hard. They hauled hay all day long, making sure that the cows got fed. The meaning of hard work in a manual economy is clear. Without the leverage of machines and organizations, working hard meant producing more. Producing more, of course, was the best way to feed your family.
Today for a lot of the "technologically advanced world" the word “work” has come to mean something to be avoided and granted it is measured differently because most of us don't have to get up every morning and work in the way previous generations have done. But there’s value in work and work matters. Not just for the money you can earn, but from the people we get to become through it. Hard work draws out talents and increases capacities and helps us discover who we are.
“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”- Calvin Coolidge
I don’t know what challenges you face right now. But I will bet that in order to meet them successfully it will require you to do some hard work. Work of course is not always fun and it can be a grind but that does not diminish its intrinsic value nor should it deter us from having dreams, visions, and goals.
So let's examine our motivation: In what areas of our life are we being called to work harder at work worth doing?
Whether it’s the inner work of transforming the way we live our life becoming more of who God wants us to be, or the outer “roll up our sleeves and setting our alarm early” work it will be well worth it to put in the effort.....it has been proven by many before us.
Remember, you are needed. There is important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it. Catherine Pulsifer