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Hard Work

Hard work by Celine
“There is no substitute for hard word,” said Thomas Edison
When I think of hard work, I see a person who gives all he or she has every day, in joy and in pain, When I think of hard work, I see effort being put in day in and day out, relentlessly. When I think of hard work, I see the desire to move forward, rather than staying in the same spot or moving backwards. In our daily lives, we frequently meet people who do work, knowing neither what they are doing, nor why they are doing it. If you were to ask them what it brings them, some would not be able to answer. Whether we like it or not, whether we have the means to work voluntarily or against our will, it is important to give in our best because it brings a certain joy, and pride. The “problem” with working hard, is that most of the time, the results are not in our hands immediately. Some might ask why this is a problem. As you might have observed, we, humans, are not the best at being patient when it comes to expecting positive outcomes. This renders us angry, full of frustration for no valid reason.

When I think of work, I see the courage to get up and continue the journey though many failures. I concede that hard work does not guarantee success at 100%, but it multiplies our chances of achieving our goals. Pope Paul VI once said: “All life demands is struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” This is one way of saying that if we do not work, we let others be where we should be and the talents we have go to the garbage since they benefit neither the world nor us. It is not easy to be present at 100% constantly but it is important if we want to succeed.
To conclude, hard work pays more than it requires. Under the sun, under the rain, let’s give a whirl to every opportunity that is presented to us. Who knows where those rain drops or where the heat of the sun will lead us to? We have nothing to lose while trying. As Margaret Mead said, “we learn the value of hard work by working hard.” Before my final point, remember that effort is not only required when we are at the bottom; it is also much harder to stay on the summit than it is to climb.

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