“When you live for a strong purpose, hard work isn’t an option, it is a necessity.” I found this quote the other day somewhere. It has been attributed to Steve Pavlina, author and personal development guru. And it got me thinking about the people in my neighborhood, on the roads I travel each week and in the places I visit and the work ethics they show.
I don’t live in a conventional suburb in a conventional city in a conventional Western country. No, six weeks ago, my wife and I moved to Thailand, to the island of Phuket. Sure, Phuket is a tourist paradise with resorts, cafes, beaches, restaurants and idyllic places to see, explore and experience.
But what so many of us don’t see, whether by choice or by accident, are the little people, the ones who barely survive the rigors of each day. As my wife and I drive the roads on this bustling island, we pass all sorts of fascinating people working at interesting things. They have a work ethic that is cultural and necessary. When life depends on earning just a few dollars a day, ingenuity rises like cream to the top. Who do I mean?
There’s the man with a Streets Ice Cream freezer on his motorbike sidecar, which people stop as he drives the streets selling ice creams. The lady who has a little tea shop outside her house in a back street housing estate but is kept busy all day with passing traffic. The front of house steel fabrication shop still open at 10pm as the tradesman works away on some urgent job. And so on.. Have these people got a strong purpose? Absolutely! Their own survival and that of their families is paramount.
And here we are in the lucky West, benefiting from welfare agencies, unemployment, medical benefits, and other support structures still wondering how we will survive? Unions complain about 40 hour working weeks, no child care at our places of employment, no fringe benefits and holiday leave loading? And Third World people envy us?
We are all here at Wealthy Affiliate to learn different strategies in wealth creation. The success won’t come easy. We still need strong work ethics to build a successful business.
We still have to have a strong work ethic, a strong purpose in why we are on this path and keep our vision burning bright. After all, hard work never killed anyone; it is what makes humans have a sense of purpose, self-respect and a thirst for life.
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