Success in life requires hard work

When I was a young man, I often heard my father say, “Work never hurt anyone.” I guess the reason he reminded me of those words is because there were times growing up that I was not always excited about the word “work” or the word “labor.”

However, I always felt good after a hard day’s work. It always made me feel like I had accomplished something.

As a young boy, I had to labor for my grandfather Bacon at times. He and my uncle were plaster contractors, which is almost a forgotten trade today. I spent my time in labor mixing plaster and carrying it to my grandfather and uncle.

At the end of the day, my job was to clean the buckets, trays and scaffolding. I well remember I was very tired when 5 p.m. rolled around. The next morning when we went back to the job, I always felt good knowing that I had a part in the beauty of the walls and ceilings. In other words, the day was well spent and not wasted.

If you can sit at set of sun

And count the deeds that you have done

And counting find

One self-denying act,

One word that eased the heart of him that heard,

One glance most kind

Which fell like sunshine where he went,

Then you can count that day well spent!

Robert Browning

A few weeks ago, I met an Amish friend, and we were talking about work. He said something that made a lot of sense to me. He said, “If you don’t work, you can’t rest.” If you want success in life, it will require hard work; however, in the end, it will be worth it.

A quote from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers motto sums up my thoughts, “The difficult we do at once. The impossible takes a little longer.”

About the Author

George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio. More Stories by George A. Hazlett

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