Always remember, nothing reflects us more truly than the work we choose to take up, or even the work we settle for.
Our labor humbles us and is a source of comfort, security and self-esteem. It is important for us to respect it and enjoy it. Most people spend most of their day at work, making their career the most important determinant about how happy or sad they feel.
When we do any work, the way we begin is the most important. It sets the tempo for our future assignments or even the quality of that specific piece of work. What starts with haste, ends with haste. What begins in a calm and organized manner, ends on a neat and crisp note. Beginning with a clear goal and deadline is important. Sometimes, keeping a personal deadline before the actual deadline ensures that there is time to perfect and revise it.
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While it is not possible to be unrealistically perfect, it is feasible to do the best we can. “Good work” is incredibly humbling, and a reward in itself. Rather than striving to be noticed, or endeavouring to get the outcome, the best work is done with the goal of simply doing what is asked. Putting effort into making it useful and helpful, and doing it with a steadfastness and dignity is gratifying both for the person who does the work and also the person for whom the work is done.
While the beginning is important, it is incomplete without the end. It is important to finish one’s work, rather than leave it hanging. It gives the person and the recipient closure, and success, in this case, will automatically follow. It’s important to do something that makes you happy, and gives you satisfaction, rather than take the so-called shortcuts. Most short-cuts to work aren’t necessarily short-cuts to happiness. Work is meaningless if you do not attach meaning to it.
To summarize, be disciplined and approach work with zest. Do not “settle” for anything. Take up only what you want to use. Then, work automatically becomes fun, and the fruits of your hard work come to you more quickly. Taking a high-end job simply because it’s high-end or focusing on a career path simply because it’ll give you more money is counterproductive in the end. Soon, you may realize money isn’t everything. When you’re doing something you don’t love doing, work is harder than it is and you won’t be able to give it your best. It only hampers productivity.
Most importantly, do good and honest work. Work with the objective of doing a good job, rather than getting noticed or rising the invisible ladder. Work for yourself, not for anyone else. The minute you do this, the line between work and play becomes nonexistent! Balancing work and the rest of your life is unnecessary as you love both the realms as much, and all is well.
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
“I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.”
“Nothing will work unless you do.”
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.”
“All things are difficult before they are easy.”