May 2014 Bring Back America’s Strong Work Ethic

share-work-ethic3“As a nation, our entire populace seems to have lost appreciation for the value of a strong work ethic. We’ve had two, if not three, generations of Americans who have known great prosperity, wealth, and ease. Our expectations of what it really takes to create lasting success—things like grit, hard work, and fortitude—aren’t alluring, and thus have been mostly forgotten. We’ve lost respect for the strife and struggle of our forefathers.” “The truth is, complacency has impacted all great empires including, but not limited to, the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Portuguese, France, and English. Why? Because nothing fails like success. Once-dominant empires have failed for this very reason. People get to a certain level of success and get too comfortable.”

This is an excerpt from the inspirational book written by the publisher of Success Magazine, Darren Hardy, titled “The Compound Effect: Jumpstart your income, your life, your success,” which I wish every single American – including President Obama – would read. Unfortunately, in today’s America, hard-work isn’t a value which resonates with many.

This week, Hardy is hosting an event for one of the fastest growing companies in America, Vemma – and it’s not surprising, as with hard work comes success.  Some inspirational quotes from Hardy’s book to take to heart:

“Here is what it takes to be successful: hard work.”

“Earning success is hard. The process is laborious, tedious, sometimes even boring. Becoming wealthy, influential, and world-class in your field is slow and arduous. Don’t get me wrong; you’ll see results in your life from following these steps almost immediately.”

“Everything in your life exists because you first made a choice about something. Choices are at the root of every one of your results. Each choice starts a behavior that over time becomes a habit. Choose poorly, and you just might find yourself back at the drawing board, forced to make new, often harder choices. Don’t choose at all, and you’ve made the choice to be the passive receiver of whatever comes your way”

“Your core values are your internal compass, your guiding beacon, your personal GPS. They act as the filter through which you run all of life’s demands, requests, and temptations, making sure they’re leading you toward your intended destination. Getting your core values defined and properly calibrated is one of the most important steps in redirecting your life toward your grandest vision”

“The biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people are not.  Remember that; it will come in handy many times throughout life.”

“A daily routine built on good habits is the difference that separates the most successful amongst us from everyone else.”

Framed around the office of my NY PR Agency are some great inspirational quotes, and as we enter 2014, I wanted to share a few of them:

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” — Dr. Napoleon Hill

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain

Let’s hope that 2014 brings America back its work ethic and national pride.

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  • Misfit

    I love this. Great! simple but very powerful article. Today I needed to read this. Thank you

  • carpe diem 36

    i have a few of my own ideas, and i am speaking from experience, in two countries actually.
    not a single poor man got rich from taxing the rich or from gov’t handouts or from charity.
    the rich did not take an unfair share from anyone.
    with a lot of hard work and a little luck you can achieve whatever your dream is.
    live by the rules: marriage first, children next, teaching children to have responsibility from a young age will make it automatic later.
    teach children about money, how it is created, how it is saved, how it is invested both the private good and for the common good.

  • Jason P

    Writing in 1753 about why southern European nations were less prosperous Ben Franklin has this to say:

    “… may not the more numerous foundations in the latter for the relief of the poor have some effect towards rendering them less provident. To relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is concurring with the Deity, ’tis Godlike, but if we provide encouragements for Laziness, and supports for Folly, may it not be found fighting against the order of God and Nature, which perhaps has appointed Want and Misery as the proper Punishments for, and Cautions against as well as necessary consequences of Idleness and Extravagancy.”

    The virtue of industry, as Franklin called it, was a key virtue in colonial times. When we “Poor Richard” it is those pithy saying that encourage the virtues of industry and frugality … core Republican virtues going back to Cicero.

  • alericKong

    I’m still in the middle of my holiday cheer, but I love the time that comes after it, the time after New Years and before Valentine’s Day. The mornings and evenings are dark. My life disappears into my production, thinking of Shakespere writing from six to six, and imagining trains hauling coal across the Pennsylvania countryside. I remove all distractions and aim for pure zealotry in regards to my goals.

    If I have one issue with your article, I would say work is straight-forward and rewarding. Living your life filled with guilt because you are slothful or wicked, that’s hard.

  • Alleged Comment

    Hard work or making easy decisions based on good principles and the discipline to follow them?

    Is that the BEEG secret?