April 1, 2020
Hard Work Pays Off!
Do you want to be successful in school, and just about anyplace else, for that matter? If you do, it’s important to remember that hard work pays off. American educator Booker T. Washington said, “Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work.” And although it’s been over a century since Mr. Washington’s death, his words still ring true.
Thomas Edison Knew the Value of Hard Work
Thomas Edison was one of America’s most productive inventors. Edison and his associates invented the light bulb, the phonograph, motion-picture equipment, and a thousand other things, too. When questioned about his success, Edison said, “I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident. They came from hard work.”
Some kids look for shortcuts, or they may even break the rules to get ahead. But, shortcuts don’t work for long, and neither does cheating. Basketball coach Pat Summitt, who as a head coach won 1,098 games and eight national championships, said, “More than anything else, success is simply a matter of consistent hard work.”
So if you want to be a winner at school, at home, or just about any place in between, work hard — and keep working hard — until you get the job done, and get it done right. Hard work pays off, so you might as well make it pay off for you.
Hard Work Pays Off
“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”
Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.”
Thomas Edison, Inventor
“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
Estée Lauder, American Businesswoman
“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”
Larry Bird, Basketball Player
“The notion that work is a terrible burden is a terrible mistake. Working and facing up to one’s responsibilities: that’s happiness.”
Katharine Hepburn, American Actress
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