Charles Lamb said, “I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.”
That’s the way a lot of us feel about work sometimes.
The root of the problem is that work is hard. We live in an imperfect world. There are people that will not pull their share of the load. Customers will take their time paying you. Your advertising will seem to fall on deaf ears. Machines will break. Rain will come on the heaviest delivery day of the month.
And that’s not all.
Sometimes it’s not the outside forces that plague us. Our thinking can imprison us to ineffective methods. After we do something a certain way for a long time, it’s hard to see a different way. You might have to bring in someone else to examine what you’re doing and point out the weak spots.
Then you have to deal with the emotional pain that comes with dealing with failure.
But nothing good can be gained without work. There would be no progress, no growth, and no pride that can only come from a job well done.
Work is good for us because we’re wired to work. Our first parents were given a garden to keep. They were tasked to create and cultivate. They created by planting. They cultivated by watering, trimming, and harvesting.
Granted, they didn’t have the thorns, sweat, bad weather, and dirt under their fingernails to deal with like we do.
Work makes processes come to life. First, a salesperson has to convince a potential client to buy. Then someone enters the data and prints out a pull sheet. The order is pulled and prepared for delivery by yet another team member. Then a driver delivers the order to the customer, or it is shipped. There is work every step of the way. Accomplishment then creates pride, which leads to more effort and more work.
Sadly, in our society today, some 90 million Americans are out of work. Many probably could work, but aren’t. That’s a shame because the longer they go without doing something productive, the worse they will feel about themselves.
Ralph Waldo Emerson sums it up well: “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
Now go out and work to win.